God's Guidance

One of the most remarkable things about Christian Science is the confidence it inspires in the guidance of God. To the Christian Scientist, God is not a Being afar off; He is divine Mind, the omnipresent source of all intelligence and of all volition. In God man lives, moves, and has his being,—man who is coexistent and coeternal with Him, man who is at-one with Him, as idea is with Mind. It is the understanding of this wonderful spiritual relationship which enables all who possess it to detach themselves from the misleading beliefs of material sense and to receive God's guidance.

In some degree this has been the experience in every age of all who have reposed their faith in the Supreme Being; for the very fact of their doing so has implied a certain measure of detachment from so-called matter. Mrs. Eddy aptly gives the explanation on page 318 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," when she writes, "In Science man is governed by God, divine Principle, as numbers are controlled and proved by His laws." So long as men repose their faith in matter, or, in other words, so long as they do not place their faith in God, Spirit, they forfeit divine guidance; but whenever they turn from material beliefs and repose their faith in God, they, in the degree of their faith, come under the government of God and are controlled and guided by spiritual law.

The great Way-shower, Christ Jesus, was marvelously guided by God, the Father. The reason was that he was obedient to divine law, with an obedience surpassing all that had ever been rendered before. And this obedience was the result of his knowledge of God. Jesus' knowledge of God was scientific: he knew God's allness; knew that God is Love; knew that God governs His entire spiritual creation perfectly; knew, in consequence, that the so-called material creation is no part of God's real creation, and denying it, he was able to commune with God and receive directly the divine guidance and the divine power to cope with all the problems that beset his life on earth. Rebuking the one who had "struck a servant of the high priest's, and smote off his ear," Christ Jesus said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" Unlimited divine guidance and unlimited divine power were at the command of him whose life was to be forever afterwards an example all men.

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Among the Churches
May 31, 1924

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