Paul spoke from experience when he wrote to the Hebrews (11:1), "Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." His experience was gained not only through well-tried faith but also through his understanding of basic law, for he further states (verse 3), "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." This statement is based on the understanding that the universe is spiritual rather than material and that it is governed by the invariable law of God. This basic fact is becoming more generally accepted today, but mankind does not always understand that God's law is available to the individual in his daily experience.

The Bible holds within its pages the full proof of the existence and action of God's law in human affairs. It records many interesting experiences which prove that individuals who turned completely to God for guidance received directions based on infallible spiritual law. For instance, in the fourth chapter of II Kings we are told of the widow woman whose sons were to be sold to satisfy her creditors. This woman appealed to the prophet Elisha, whose understanding of God enabled him to bring the spiritual law of supply to bear upon the situation. Inquiring as to her resources he found that she had in her house a cruse of oil. He then instructed her to borrow vessels from her neighbors and to pour from the cruse into the vessels. The oil was adequate to pay the creditors and to provide for the needs of her own family.

Christ Jesus' understanding of scientific law is seen in the healing of multitudes, the feeding of thousands, and the stilling of the tempest. Such acts can only be attributable to the eternal law of divine Love, infinite good, understood and demonstrated.

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