Turning instantly to God

Writing about faithfulness, the New Testament author of Second Timothy says, "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season" (4:2). J. B. Phillips translates this counsel, "Never lose your sense of urgency, in season or out of season."

Many of us, when confronted with personal challenges, turn with a "sense of urgency" to God, seeking divine help. We draw closer to our Father-Mother and learn how obeying His law brings harmony. But what happens when everything appears to be going well in our lives? Do we still turn instantly to God if we see that others are facing troubles?

Thinking about that question, I recalled something said by the Apostle Paul, a devoted follower of Christ Jesus. He wrote of the importance of "bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ" (II Cor. 10:5). That's the example of spiritual discipline that I see in Jesus' life. He refused to accept as real any appearance that man is subject to sickness, sin, or death. From his understanding of man's relation to God as His image and likeness—as perfect in every way—Jesus healed sickness and sin, and raised the dead to life. This same divine Principle is governing everyone, always, through divine law. The consistent effort to keep conscious of God's omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience eliminates fear and supports healing. A recent experience I had brought this point home clearly to me.

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Flower to light
October 20, 1997

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