God Is at Hand

THROUGHOUT the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy the importance of understanding God's ever-presence is emphasized. God, being All-in-all, is everywhere. Hence He is at hand, and can be found by those who turn to Him in trust and obedience. It logically follows that all the good for which people long is available to each one immediately.

What is it, then, which seems to prevent our realization and demonstration of the truth? Why does good so often seem absent, and evil present? Mrs. Eddy answers these questions on page 198 of "Miscellaneous Writings": "All suffering is the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of both good and evil; of adherence to the 'doubleminded' senses." The Apostle James gives us the recipe for the overcoming of this double-mindedness, saying: "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded."

Learning Obedience in the Sunday School
August 27, 1938

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