Is trusting God practical, realistic? Can we rationally seek or expect divine help? A clearer understanding of God shows us we can intelligently and confidently trust Him. Those who strengthen and purify their reliance on God, the one all-sustaining, divine power, stop trusting in luck.
Reluctance to trust God stems from a false concept that man is a mixture of both matter and Spirit. If we think we live in a material body and a material universe until death brings us under divine control, whatever faith we can muster is apt to be shallow and confused, or at best a last resort. Such a theory of present condemnation and future salvation provides no basis for trust. It is untrue, for nothing can separate man from God. There are not two universes, nor does man have two lives, one that must suffer and one that is to be saved. Man does not live in matter waiting to be released; he is spiritual and exists in unbroken unity with God, as His reflection.
Not death but the understanding of life in God is the key to peaceful trust. Such trust recognizes that man is not upheld by matter, God's opposite. Our reliance on God grows stronger and more consistent as we understand better our relationship to Him. Christ Jesus tells us, "No man can serve two masters. ... Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matt. 6:24;
God alone sustains man. God's love for His creation is all-powerful, always present, tender, and pure. His protection and support are unlimited. No opposite law or power exists. There is nothing to obstruct, interrupt, or prevent His constant care for His children. God's provision for man is direct and continuous, dependent neither on material assistance nor on human intermediary.
Man coexists with God, his Maker. As the spiritual idea, or reflection, of God, man is never out of divine jurisdiction. And as God's expression, man's existence is as permanent and perfect as God Himself. God's love and care for man is not a condition to be invoked but a fact we can recognize and accept.
Recognizing God's love for us strengthens our trust in Him and overcomes our trust in matter. As we become more conscious of our spiritual identity as God's sons and daughters, we become more conscious of His care. Spiritual qualities, such as love, integrity, health, and beauty, are demonstrably expressions of God, not properties of matter. Good health, true companionship, and right employment evidence God's love for us. Mrs. Eddy writes in Unity of Good, "Our highest sense of infinite good in this mortal sphere is but the sign and symbol, not the substance of good." Un., p. 61;
God's law supports whatever is good, useful, or worthwhile in human life. Disease, poverty, injustice, have no divine authority, no compulsory law, no power, agent, or victim, because God is All and in all.
A simple experience gave me evidence of the practicality of trusting God. Unable to find transport for a necessary trip, I turned to God in prayer. I reasoned, "Because God is infinite Love and I am His expression, I cannot include lack. God provides all His ideas with an abundance of good and never deprives one of them." As I prayed along these lines, striving to see myself as God's spiritual, complete man, I was offered the transportation I needed.
There is sometimes an inclination to misinterpret God's care as a matter of luck or of personal good. To believe that we are dependent upon chance or persons subjects us to the dangers and restrictiveness of both. But understanding God as the only source of good and as the only force operating in our lives not only strengthens our trust in Him but also makes our days more harmonious. Prayer does not increase God's infinite love for us, but it makes us more aware of this love. It is never a process where health or well-being is restored to or by matter, but is a proof that these spiritual ingredients of life are never in matter to fail or diminish. God, not matter, sustains man at every point.
In a message to a branch Church of Christ, Scientist, Mrs. Eddy says of the tendency to worship matter instead of Spirit, "By reposing faith in man and matter, the human race has not yet reached the understanding of God, the conception of Spirit and its all-power." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 152;
To trust more, we must be willing to look deeper than material appearances, to depend more on our spiritual perception and less on our physical senses. Mrs. Eddy writes, "To divest thought of false trusts and material evidences in order that the spiritual facts of being may appear,—this is the great attainment by means of which we shall sweep away the false and give place to the true." Science and Health, p. 428.
This is a task we are all capable of, one that will develop and establish our trust in God.
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