Love's Protecting Power

Christian Science teaches that just in proportion as human thought becomes spiritualized through right thinking and living, we may feel sure of divine protection at all times. Spiritualized thought may be said to mean a consciousness in which Spirit, or God, is ever recognized as operating for good. Numerous instances are to be found throughout the Bible of this scientific fact, that of Daniel's deliverance being a case in point. It is recorded that Daniel's enemies, in seeking a pretext to bring about his downfall, could find "none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him." They said, "We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God."

How beautifully this law sustained him is seen in the time of his greatest need, for though his persecutors through intrigue and betrayal secured his conviction and sentence to death in the lions' den, Daniel was enabled to pass unharmed through an ordeal from which there seemed no hope of human deliverance, and to assure the king, who came in the early hours of the morning to see if he still lived, "My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt." So impressed was Darius with this demonstration of divine power that he issued this decree: "That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions."

The Measure of a Man
November 3, 1917

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