Trust the spiritual law of harmony

For the Lesson titled "Christian Science" from June 24 - 30, 2013

We never wake up in the morning, hoping the law of gravity is working that day, because we’re accustomed to accepting gravity as a law that is always in place. This week’s Bible Lesson, titled “Christian Science,” describes the Science of being, or “the natural law of harmony” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 134, citation 5), which is always in place. Accepting the natural law of harmony, as Christ Jesus demonstrated, is practicing Christian Science.

One of the wonderful things this week’s Lesson shows us is that we don’t have to do anything to bring this law of the harmony of being into effect; it already is. This is a gift of God, which Paul described when he wrote to the Corinthian church, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God” (I Corinthians 2:12, Responsive Reading). We should not feel badly or judge ourselves if we think we don’t know or see God’s gift—His harmonious law in action. We may, however, feel a longing for it.

In response to this desire to see God’s law of harmony, the Bible and Christian Science invite us to turn our focus away from the problem, to let go of it and not identify with it. The story of Elisha and his servant in Section 1 is a great example of this. The king of Syria was after Elisha because he was preventing the Syrians from conquering the Israelites. However, the king was told where Elisha lived, and the king’s army surrounded the city. Elisha’s servant was very fearful and saw no way out. Elisha turned in reverence to God and prayed, “I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see.” The servant’s focus shifted, and he saw that they were actually surrounded by “horses and chariots of fire” and completely protected from harm (see II Kings 6:8–17, cit. 2).

June 24, 2013

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