The unfailing care of God

Those who live alone or are advancing in years may sometimes be tempted to wonder, "Who will take care of me if I am in need of help? If I have to move, where will I go?" The times these kinds of questions trouble us are usually moments when we are not mindful of the unfailing care of God. The book of Psalms meets this issue head-on. "Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me" (139:7-11).

The Psalmist was confident that whatever occurred in life, nothing could possibly separate him from God, from infinite, ever-present Spirit. The strength, the care, the provision of good that Spirit constantly pours forth, are always available to us. We can share this confidence when we remember that man is the expression of God, inseparable from Him. Again, when we look at the book of Psalms we find this reminder: "Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture" (100:3). God is our true and eternal Parent, our unfailing Shepherd.

Christian Science explains that security comes from daily communion with God. When we make this a regular part of our life, each day provides us with a fresh sense of His presence. We recognize that we are surrounded by the power and activity of good. We understand that man is God's idea, maintained by Him in every way. We awake to see that God expresses health in man along with strength and vitality. His care never weakens or wanes, for omnipotence never weakens or wanes. Omnipresent good must be expressed everywhere and throughout all time. The belief that one is aging or alone places no limits on God. A conscious sense of God with us destroys feelings of insecurity. We understand that nothing can separate us from His goodness and love and that they work in our lives with power.

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Invincible joy
December 20, 1993

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