"The sustaining infinite"

"To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." This is the first sentence in the Preface to "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science. Great encouragement, peace, and comfort are found in these few words, for they contain a truth never failing, and demonstrable by all.

Throughout the Bible are numerous instances of God's blessings being bestowed on an individual when he has turned to Him for help and sustenance. Job, after all his afflictions and doubtings, turned again to lean on God, and "the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning." It is admitted that we succeed in life in the measure that we are governed by intelligence and wisdom in the conduct of our affairs. Work is necessary, of course, but without the application of these mental qualities, without intelligence and wisdom, we cannot hope to attain any genuine success. Mrs. Eddy has written (Science and Health, p. 270), "Few deny the hypothesis that intelligence, apart from man and matter, governs the universe; and it is generally admitted that this intelligence is the eternal Mind or divine Principle, Love."

Christian Science reveals to us that God is infinite Mind, Principle, Love, the only creator, and that man is His reflection, the expression of His being. This, then, leads us to the stupendous thought that man, reflecting infinite Mind, reflects infinite intelligence and has dominion over all. Realizing this, we see that we have God-given power to overcome the claims of matter. As we reflect infinite Mind, we receive intelligence, wisdom, and love to overcome evil in whatever guise it may present itself, and gain the blessed assurance that God, good, is All, omnipresent and omnipotent.

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September 14, 1935

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