One Man With GOD by Ernest Holmes
ONE MAN WITH GOD In all the years that I have worked intimately with so many people, I have never yet found one individual who did not secretly long to find something that would make him whole and happy, something that would give him a sense of security and safety. I have never yet found an individual who did not wish the same good for others. I am a great believer in the innate goodness of people, and I know, through much experience, that the average person wants to do about the best he can. Frequently, when I have said to people, “why don‟t you learn to use spiritual Power so that it will be effective in your life and in the lives of those around you?” The answer has been, “But I don‟t know how,” or, “I haven‟t the faith,” or, “I haven‟t the training or the education,” or, “I haven‟t the opportunity.” I guess this is the sort of alibi we all use because it does not occur to us that we have to start right where we are, and, using such faith as we possess, acquire more through actual experience. Jesus definitely set about to prove what one man with God could do. He demonstrated for all ages that just one person, with implicit faith, can do anything. If there is any one fact that Jesus emphasized beyond all others, it was that what he was doing, others could do also, if they believed they could and if they believed in God. Jesus knew that one man with God is a majority. As we look back over his life and rethink its meaning, we discover that he had trained himself to believe in God. To him, the Presence of God was as real as sunshine, as definite as the wind blowing. So great was his concept of the Power of God that he said that heaven and earth would pass away, but his words would not until all is fulfilled. This, then, is the kind of faith we are called on to have. But it is not a faith that is found in books. It is not a faith that someone else can give to us, because no one can possibly give us that which we already possess. Rather, it is something we now have but have not been using and we have not been using it because we have not recognized that it is already right where we are.
One man with God is a wonderful idea, and it will be even more wonderful when we realize that one man is our self. But that one man is not our self unless we
include God. It is one man with God that we must emphasize. God exists everywhere and in Him we live and move and have our being. The Spirit is within us as well as around us, and we can have no life apart from It. All the life of the Spirit, then, belongs to each one of us, but, in a certain sense, we only have as much as we use. Again, as we reflect on the life and teaching of Jesus, we find that he spent much time alone, communing with God. In his instructions, he tells us that the Power of God acts independently of any circumstance because It creates circumstances. When we get lost in the circumstances that surround us and become confused over them, and when we feel isolated and alone, then it is that the struggle for existence becomes unbearable, and we feel that the odds are against us. This is why Jesus told us not to judge according to the appearance but to judge righteously, that is, we should not look at the obstruction in our lives and say is too great to overcome. We should know that even in the obstruction, which confronts us, at the very center of it, there is a Power that can resolve all obstacles, solve all problems, and meet every emergency. So it becomes a question of whether our faith is greater than the obstruction; whether we are becoming confused over conditions or thinking peacefully and calmly about them. When it comes right down to a rock-bottom fact, the only questions is whether or not we believe in a Power greater than we are that we can use, and whether or not we actually believe that this power is ready, willing, and able to respond to us. Let us turn back to the instruction of the one who knew what he was talking about when he said: “…it is your Father‟s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Life has made the gift, but we must accept it. We cannot doubt that there must have been, particularly in the beginning of his ministry, doubts that arose in his mind just as they do in ours. We can visualize Jesus standing in the midst of a multitude who were clamoring for healing, bringing their sick and lame and blind to him, and as he looked out over this vast sea of faces, perhaps the question came to him: “Can I make these people whole?”
But we know what his answer was, for he said: “I can of mine own self do nothing … but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.” We can almost sense
that triumphant concept that arose in his consciousness – the realization that one man with God is supreme; that he, as a human being, had no power of himself at all, but that all power was given to him in heaven and on earth because he had acquired all love and because he had become intimate with the Divine Presence which flows through everything. The power that Jesus manifested was Divine. It was not the will of an individual, but his willingness to believe that gave him power. It was not a concentration of spiritual forces that Jesus exercised, but rather, a childlike and implicit faith in the reality of the Spirit in human affairs. One of the most amazing things about this man was that he never tried to influence anyone. He was not at all like the alleged psychological individual who had developed such a terrific personality that his influence dominated others. This is exactly what Jesus did not do and warned us against trying to do. Quite the reverse from this, Jesus said that the kingdom of God is like a child. It is simplicity and sincerity. It is quiet acceptance rather than loud proclamation. Keeping this in mind, let us think of Jesus feeding the multitude. His disciples had asked him to disperse the crowd that they might go home where there would be food for them. But Jesus turned to his disciples and asked why they did not feed the multitude. And they replied that they had nothing with which to feed them. “There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes, but what are they among so many?” Perhaps here is one of the greatest lessons in spiritual history. Jesus must have been surrounded by people of great knowledge. There were the doctors of law who thought they knew all the answers, trying to catch him in a trap. There were his own followers who, although they had seen many miracles, could not believe that Jesus was able to feed the multitude out of nothing. And there was a young boy with a few loaves and fishes, standing eager and expectant and holding out his meager fare to the hands of Jesus, who took the loaves and fishes, gave thanks and broke them, and distributed them to the multitude.
Let us think of this not only as an actual reality – which I most sincerely believe – but also as a symbol of ourselves. There is a little boy in each one of us. There is a
hope and an inward spiritual realization in everyone, something that is beyond all doubt, fear, and uncertainty. We would not be here if this were not true. Let us think of this beautiful symbol – the intellect and the human will surrendering itself to some inward feeling, some child-like simplicity, some spontaneous joy, some complete faith. Yes, that child is in you and in me and experience has never completely dimmed its vision. It is that within us which is child-like that we must cultivate. For the child within us knows a language that the intellect has failed to learn. Let us think of Jesus standing before the tomb of Lazarus where the friends and relatives had gathered, hoping at least to find some comfort from his words, but not even daring to dream that Lazarus could be resurrected from the dead. Jesus stood there in front of the tomb – one man alone with God. He stood just a little apart from the others and lifted up his soul in silent communication with the Sprit of all life, that Spirit that knows no death. Something flowed into him, and he turned around and said: “Take ye away the stone.” But they remonstrated that Lazarus had been dead for four day, and they dare not roll away the stone. Now let us watch carefully what Jesus did and listen to his words as he said: “Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me. And I knew that thou hearest me always …”. This is recognition of the Divine Presence and the Divine Power that is always available. Here is faith and unification. There was no doubt, no uncertainty, no stammering or stuttering, no imploring or beseeching. Just the simple words: “I thank thee” (gratitude) “that thou hearest me always” (certainty). Next comes the supreme command: “Lazarus, come forth.” One man with God, recognizing life instead of death until the tomb surrendered its dead, and Lazarus came forth, and Jesus told them to “loose him and let him go.”
Lazarus is each one of us, bound by the restriction of circumstances, tied by the habits of thought, and incarcerated in a tomb from which it seems as though we cannot extricate ourselves. “Loose him, and let him go.” There is much in each one of us that must be loosed – the ropes of fear that bind us, the winding sheet of doubt and uncertainty, the darkness and gloom of our self-imposed prison, and the stone that must be rolled away. Yes, and the doubt of others who would block the
action of faith because all they see are the stone and the tomb and the dead man inside; and they say: “You dare not roll away the stone.” Let us think of the silent communion we have with the Spirit that knows no bondage, with the Life that knows no death, and with the Power that knows no obstruction. As we do this, something within us comes alive and awake and aware and gives us the courage and the assurance to say,” Father, I thank thee that thou has heard me, and I knew that thou hearest me always. Out of this communion comes a Divine authority, which is the gift only of heaven. One man with God – and you are that man, and I am that man. Just one, for in that silent inward precinct of our own minds, no one enters but ourselves. Something within stands halfway between heaven and earth – the child who is not afraid and the man of wisdom who has overcome fear. There is one side of us that has never entered the shadow of doubt. This is what we must develop if we are to prove that one man with God can be supreme in whatever is right, just, or true – just one man with God.