God's Universal Reign

All the world must learn to know that God alone governs. Through such knowledge only will the world be saved from its turmoils and torments, its doubts and fears, its sins and sicknesses. Even Nebuchadnezzar, in Daniel's day, glimpsed this truth of God's universal government sufficiently to declare, "He doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?"

Christians would no doubt agree that if God's will were understood as operative in all of heaven and earth universal harmony would inevitably result; but in spite of the affirmation of that king of olden time, people to-day seem slow to believe that God is indeed the only Governor,—that His reign is the universal fact at all times and everywhere. And still, how strange such incredulity seems when Christendom generally unites in declaring that God is omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient! The difficulty is that, although Christians have accepted the fact of God's allness theoretically, they have at the same time almost universally believed in an opposite to God,—which opposite often appears to them to be more the governor than God Himself. Were one, however, to let go of God as the infinite All-power, that instant one would lose the sense of security in the presence and power of good, since he would expect that the opposite, evil, might at any time be present and active. This has been the pitiable condition of mankind for ages.

Christian Science came to a world thus torn between the desire to know and acknowledge God's reign as supreme, infinite, and perfect and the apparent necessity of admitting what appeared to be an almost universal government by evil. Through the teachings of Christian Science men come to understand that God's reign to-day is indeed a universal one; that He is always present to control every individual as well as all conditions, times, and circumstances, and therefore that all may trust not only themselves and their affairs, but all men and events, to God's perfect, wise control.

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God's Guidance
May 31, 1924

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