God is in the details

God governs the very fabric of our lives.

This article was originally published online on February 3, 2022.

Working in a bustling law office for a number of years, I often heard the comment “The devil is in the details,” suggesting that mistakes or chaos are an inevitable part of daily life. Every time I heard this, I would counter it with an immediate mental note: “No, God is in the details!” I knew my colleagues were trying to remind everyone to be alert, but because of my study of Christian Science, I had a different outlook. I had read in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy the following: “God is everywhere, and nothing apart from Him is present or has power” (p. 473). So, if God is everywhere, I reasoned, how can there be a detail outside of God?

The Bible supports the idea of an ever-present and omnipotent God. A psalm announces simply, “The Lord is good” (Psalms 100:5). Christ Jesus was intimately acquainted with Scripture, and was quick to see that there was no source of good besides God. When a man kneeled before Jesus, addressing him as “Good Master,” Jesus replied, “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God” (Mark 10:17, 18). 

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