November 29, 2012
Those are two words you don’t normally see together. But given their meanings, it’s an appropriate pairing to be alert to.
Ignorance is defined online as the condition of being unaware or uninformed; a lack of knowledge, information, or education. Aforethought simply means planned or intended beforehand; premeditated.
While it’s true that one doesn’t typically plan in advance to be ignorant (and maybe planning and ignorance are mutually exclusive), ignorance is a chief cause for finding oneself in harm’s way. And it’s equally true that one cannot humanly prepare for every possible outcome – there are just too many variables. You’ve heard the old adage: what you don’t know CAN hurt you.
So what is the solution to preventing ignorance aforethought? Prayer.
Not the kind of prayer that tells God how and where to keep us safe – that is, if it’s His will to do so. I mean the kind of prayer that trusts our heavenly Father to keep His Word in maintaining the safety and security of His beloved creation. Isaiah reports Deity as saying, “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (see chapter 45, verse 22) Is there anything in that statement that indicates God is kidding? I don’t think so…
Let’s be clear in prayer then, that every moment is in the care of that powerful, divine Love (another name for God) that Isaiah made plain. That means that our futures are not left up to chance but instead, to the unerring direction of omnipotent Spirit. (see Science and Health 424:5 for example) It also means that even in the midst of some pretty awful circumstances – think Daniel in the lion’s den, or Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace – the realization of God’s ever presence and all-power will move us through the problem without harm to ourselves. (see Daniel 3:1-27 and 6:1-23)
This is not wishful thinking. This is scientific expectation: scientific because it refers to God’s consistent and provable government, and expectation because we are convinced that He really will care for us!
So, let your aforethought be only assured that all is – and ever will be – well. And then know that you know it!