Man's Dwelling Place

How basic are the divine assurances in the Scriptures that "he that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Ps. 91:1). In this spiritual sanctuary is safety from every mortal menace, and from the evil intents of others. Thus the children of Israel were continually instructed that their only danger lay in turning from God, their only security in trusting and obeying Him. The full import, in its individual manifestation, of this fact is to be found in the life of Jesus. He bore witness to the spiritual sovereignty bestowed by God on His idea, man. He proved sickness and sin, violence and the destructive purposes of evil, to be powerless in the presence of Truth. And, further, he made it clear that this dominion over mortality would belong to all those who followed him understandingly.

In the intelligent apprehension of God's ever-presence, men can regard undismayed the evidence or prognostication of danger, however menacing it may claim to be. In "Miscellaneous Writings" Mary Baker Eddy states (pp. 256, 257), "Wherever law is, Mind is; and the notion that Mind can be in matter is rank infidelity, which either excludes God from the universe, or includes Him in every mode and form of evil."

As it is learned in Christian Science that God is never excluded from His universe, it is seen that man, His idea, is not the victim of matter with all its seeming scope and continuing possibility of development for evil to the human race. To those who today, believing in a matter world at the mercy of present or future instruments of destruction, are found asking the question, "Is it indeed safe to be alive?" the answer can be given, "He who knows that Life is God, and that man is His expression, is not in danger; because where Mind is, is the law of indestructibility, of immortality." As we abide in this divine awareness, we can meet every argument of fear, however threatening and even terrifying in its intensified anticipations of evil, with tranquillity and confidence. On page 151 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy writes, "The divine Mind that made man maintains His own image and likeness." Neither the evil purposes of mortal thought nor the forces of annihilation which they would let loose, can invade the thought of him who knows his only true selfhood to be created and maintained by Spirit.

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"As sheep in the midst of wolves"
February 9, 1946

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