Default state

The default state of affairs in the universe is peace – complete internal and external wellbeing. Evil in any form is an exception not the norm in a universe created by Love. Every system naturally tends towards default.

When we are sick, we should know that we were designed for health not disease. When there are relationship problems at home or at work, we should realize that conflict is not default but harmony, in a universe designed for love. Poverty is not the default state of any creature God made. Depression is not default among humans, joy is. Environmental disasters, economic or political crises are not default, calmness, peace and prosperity are.

The desire for a better existence is a universal indication of the tendency towards the default state, designed into every creature. The desire to end poverty or wars is universal.

All we need to achieve default has always been and will always be faith, which we easily reject as too simplistic.

It is easier to get to default than to remain in a state of tension just as it requires much more effort to keep a spring stretched than to leave it at rest. Faith is much less work than doubt. Humans have just been conditioned to toil, when our fellow creatures the birds and the lilies “neither toil nor spin” yet our heavenly Father provides for them.

Evil requires more work than good. It requires more work to partake of eternal damnation than eternal life. Eternal damnation requires rebellion against Love. Eternal life simply requires submission to Love. The only work in achieving default state is reversing the belief that we must toil.

As the way, the truth and the life, Jesus is default. He merely spoke to storms, disease, evil spirits, lack and death and we should follow as a matter of life not religion.

We can get to default state in our lives, organizations and societies if we simply yield and stop resisting.

11 thoughts on “Default state

  1. Faith is much less work than doubt
    Humans have just been conditioned to toil, when our fellow creatures the birds and the lilies “neither toil nor spin” yet our heavenly Father provides for them
    Evil requires more work than good. It requires more work to partake of eternal damnation than eternal life
    The aforementioned words reaffirm my believe that walking with God, living by the Spirit is more of resting in God, entering the rest of God. It is partaking in the action and the results without controlling or defining them. 
    In abandoning ourselves to God, in resting in God, we come to learn how to live our lives the way He would live it, if He were us.
    Gracias Tolu, as always, you have blessed me with these words

    • I believe too that walking with God, living by the Spirit is resting in God. He says come to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest – my yoke is easy, my burden is light. His yoke is easy and his burden is light compared to the weight of having to bear our own burdens, which is what fear, doubt and anxiety does.

      Thanks Tolu.

  2. “Faith is much less work than doubt”. Love that statement.

    I heard someone say that doubt is just negative faith ; if one has the ability to expect the negative, they sure can turn that ability to be one of expecting the positive. 

    Great post.

  3. Tolu-
    I think when we center ourselves around what modern culture dictates, we lose all sense of this simple default state you have described. And if one isn’t careful, we flip everything on its axis and believe that it is more toil to have faith than it is to live in resistance to the law of love (peace). Interesting that this same culture, prescribes the eternal quest for happiness…..yet we pick resistance. How does that make sense? I think when the soul awakens….moves away from the lies the “pack” of the culture feeds us, we know we are home, when we touch peace.I liken a default state as one of “equilibrium.”Thank you for this beautiful reminder that peace is our default state, after all. -Ella

    • Interestingly, the original title for this post was “state of equilibrium” God who is love, created the universe and us to exit in that default state of peace. Since we have removed God from our thinking with evolution, survival of the fittest becomes the rule which makes resistance necessary. God has made our lives easy but we try to complicate it. Adam was not created to toil – sin brought toil. Jesus came to remove toil but we assume we must toil.

      It is foolishness of course to pick resistance when you want happiness but then, the scriptures make it clear that foolishness begins with removing God from our minds. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

      Thanks Ella

  4. “It is easier to get to default than to remain in a state of tension just as it requires much more effort to keep a spring stretched than to leave it at rest. Faith is much less work than doubt”. – Another insightful quote Tolu. I hope you’re keeping a collection of these! That nugget of truth actually has the capacity to completely change one’s approach to life. Suddenly one sees a lot more clearly and hopefully begins to reflect and ask the right questions. Those questions if asked earnestly and honestly will always end in Christ, our ultimate Default state. Thanks bro

    • Thanks Chidi. The whole point of truth is to change our approach to life, to make us see more clearly. If I can contribute to that, I am glad, honored and privileged.

      I think you said something simple but profound – “these questions if asked earnestly and honestly will always end up in Christ.” I have mused in the past, that if an idol worshipper sincerely asks the right questions, he or she will end up with Christ, without fail. Cornelius was sincerely seeking and he ended up with Christ. He is he way, the truth and the life and you must arrive at him even if you are a sincere Buddhist seeking the Truth. Thank you for that contribution.

  5. Faith is a gift of grace from our Lord. Eternal life cost the Son to take my law place and die under the full force of the Father’s wrath…..the wrath I deserved. I would never say “simply requires”.

    • I always love your comments – they introduce counter points. First, I must say that 300 words is not enough to present the full picture and that is why comments add value to what is said. Even if 300 words were enough, this writer is fallible and is still pressing on, “that I may know Him…”

      Thanks for pointing out what you would not say. Most of the things I write are from my own meditations and I agree that most people would not say them or even think them. That is why I call them “provocations” and I hope by so doing, I add some value. In my bio page “Tolu”, I said I express God in a way no other human will, because I am very different. I see a unique (incomplete but true) side of the truth.

      You have brought a point that I think adds to this reflection. We cannot downplay what Christ did on the cross. God invested his wrath in Christ – God took upon Himself the punishment due to us and that sounds like perfect love to me. That is the love we are resisting by not believing. One of my favorite teachers says, God has done the hard work and all that is left is for us to believe. That is why I would say “simply requires”. Eternal life simply requires, because the real work has been done for us – thank you for pointing that out. And what that ought to do is cause perpetual praise, worship and thanksgiving – “worthy is the lamb that was slain…”

      These are the other reasons I say “simply requires”.

      “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Believing is simple compared to the alternative, sir. You also brought in grace. Grace requires faith. If we had to work/toil for this, it would no longer be faith and not grace. Abraham did not work for this, he “simply” believed. Is there work in believing? For sure. We labour to enter God’s rest but I would choose that labour any day, compared to the alternative – hell on earth and in eternity.

      Jesus said, “come to me all you who labor and are heavy-laden and I will give you rest, take my yoke upon you, my yoke is easy and my burden is light…” I cannot get over the simplicity in that, the more I reflect on it.

      Paul said, “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.” I think the good news is so simple that rejecting it deserves hell. We complicate it, as the devil complicated God’s simple instruction to Adam and Eve. Perhaps if we show its simplicity by presenting what Christ did for us as you pointed put and showing that what he did for us simplifies our lives to eternity, many more will come to rest. May we rescue more people from hell by presenting the good news unadulterated.

      Thanks as always. I love your comments. They are “simple” but thought-provoking, blog post-provoking as well.

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