"Thou God seest me"

What a wondrous thought is this, "Thou God seest me," as uttered by Hagar, and when considered from the right standpoint what comfort and joy it brings! Before the light of Christian Science dawned on the world, this text did not invariably bring either joy or comfort. In our old pagan belief of God as merely a magnified mortal, the thought that His searching eye was upon us, spying out all our ways and seeing us when we transgressed His laws, and that He would certainly punish us for every such transgression, was sometimes far from reassuring. There were some of us, no doubt, who in times of sickness or sorrow derived a certain unfounded sense of consolation from the belief that God was conscious of these afflictions (even if He did not actually cause them), but what a broken reed was this on which to lean! It left the stricken heart tremblingly awaiting the next and perhaps more severe trial, and without any hope of a cessation of these happenings, till death in some mysterious way ended them, and all we could do, apparently, was to try and be cheerfully resigned to our fate, until in His good time He removed the affliction which in His wisdom He had previously decreed for us.

The rejection of this theory often seems a stumbling-block in the path of inquirers into Christian Science, for they think they would lose something by giving up their conviction that God knows and sees all the sin, sickness, and sorrow that befall them. They are unable to realize that this supposition if true would make these errors real and that by holding this theory they are depriving themselves of the power to prove the nothingness of all evil. In the glorious light of Christian Science how differently we read this text, and nothing but joy and a wonderful sense of protection and safety can come from the knowledge that the God who is Love sees, is conscious of His own—not of an illusion of a sick, sinning, suffering race, the sons and daughters of Adam, but of the real man made in His image and likeness, and so forever free from the assaults of evil.

The Path of Life
January 8, 1921

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