When God is present in all a man’s thoughts, desires, intentions, words, and works,
then it means that the kingdom of God has come to him; then he sees God in everything—in the world of thought, in the world of action, and in the material world; then the omnipresence of God is most clearly revealed to him, and a genuine fear of God dwells in his heart: he seeks every moment to please God, and fears every moment lest he may sin against God, present at his right hand. “Thy kingdom come!”
Examine yourself oftener; where the eyes of your heart are looking. Are they turned
towards God and the life to come, towards the most peaceful, blessed, resplendent, heavenly, holy powers dwelling in heaven? Or are they turned towards the world, towards earthly blessings; to food, drink, dress, abode, to sinful vain men and their occupations? O that the eyes of our heart were always fixed upon God! But it is only in need or misfortune that we turn our eyes to the Lord, whilst in the time of prosperity our eyes are turned towards the world and its vain works. But what, you would ask, will this looking to God bring me? It will bring the deepest peace and tranquility to your heart, light to your mind, holy zeal to your will, and deliverance from the snares of the enemy. “Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord,” said David, and gave the reason for it: “For He shall pluck my feet out of the net.” For He shall speak peace unto His people and to his saints, that they turn not again.
The greatest gift of God, which we mostly need and which we very often obtain from
God, through our prayers, is peace or rest of heart. As the Lord Himself says: “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Therefore, having
obtained this rest, rejoice, and consider yourself as rich and possessing all things.