"I'm taking no chances!"

You can't be deprived if you rely on God alone.

Many people believe that chance or luck plays a large part in their lives and that if there is a chance of good luck, they are going to take it by gambling on a horse, at a roulette table, on the football pools, or by buying raffle tickets. To some, this may seem fairly innocuous within limits. The trouble is that if we believe in "good luck," we are of necessity believing in its opposite—"bad luck"—and affirming that terrible things can happen over which we have no control.

Is this really all there is to life—some good things may happen, but we have an equal or greater likelihood of accident or tragedy? We can see that there is much more to life as we turn to the Bible. This book, which has provided solace and help for mankind for centuries, enables us to see that power actually belongs to God, who is in absolute control of His creation. The Lord's Prayer, given to us by Christ Jesus, affirms God's government. It concludes, "For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever." Forever—not just today, this week, or this month but forever.

How can we make this Biblical assurance of God's omnipotence practical in our daily lives? We can begin by accepting God's government as the spiritual reality of existence, by thinking of Him as the loving Father that Jesus knew Him to be. We can realize that in absolute fact we are always with Him in His kingdom because man is His spiritual offspring. Fears of untoward or chance happenings begin to disappear as we come to understand this loving Parent and cultivate wholehearted reliance on Him. As Mrs. Eddy writes in Science and Health, "To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings." Relying on our Father, we won't resign ourselves to being victims of chance or regard the situations we face as hopeless. Instead, we'll grow in our conviction that He is ever present and in control.

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March 15, 1993

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