"Fear thou not; ... be not dismayed"

Many and beautiful are the promises recorded in the Bible of the love and protecting care of God. In Isaiah, for example, we find the words (Isaiah 41:10), "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." Wonderful assurance they give of the power of God to strengthen and support those who put their trust in Him! The prophet had an understanding of God and His protecting love. Does not the book of Isaiah tell of the coming of the Messiah who should reveal God to men as the loving Father of all, and through knowledge of His law show to the captives of sense the way of deliverance from all evil?

Christ Jesus was the promised Messiah. He brought to the world the most enlightened message of God's goodness and love it had ever received. God, he taught mankind, is not afar off from His children. Each of them, as individual man, is known to Him, and His unlimited love extends to His entire creation. In one of his talks with his disciples, which Luke records in the twelfth chapter of his Gospel, the Master brings out clearly the care of God not only for man, but for the humblest of His creatures as well (12:6, 7). He asks, "Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? adding: "But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows."

Christian Science reveals the relation of God to His creation — man and the universe. God is infinite Mind, infinite Love, and man is God's—Mind's—idea, image, reflection. Being the idea of Mind, man can never be separated from God. And what does the fact of this eternal unity between God and man serve to show? That man is always perfectly protected, perfectly cared for. A mortal may appear to be in direct extremity, his very existence may seem to be threatened, but the truth remains that his real selfhood is at one with omnipotent Mind and is therefore perfectly safe.

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Truth and Law
October 30, 1937

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