When faced with a troubling situation, we sometimes feel all alone in this world. God may seem too far away to hear us, and friends too busy or too selfish to care. Self-pity and self-condemnation, frustration and resentment, become deceptive sources of comfort. When we accept sadness, hurt, anger, or hatred, we usually end up being afraid. And fear is a main root of sin and disease. To fear is to admit that there are other causes and powers than God, who is Truth and Love; that man is physique; and that life is temporary.
Mrs. Eddy tells us, however: "There is no life, truth, intelligence, nor substance in matter. All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all." Science and Health, p. 468. Christian Science teaches that perfect God creates perfect man, good and spiritual. There can be no space in perfection for errors; no sins in good; no matter in Spirit. Man, as the perfect spiritual image of God, enjoys a divinely bestowed birthright as God's heir—cared for, loved, and protected by his Father-Mother. Mrs. Eddy defines God as "the great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." Ibid., p. 587.
Would you let your loved ones suffer or be confused if there was anything at all you could do about it? Would God, who is Life and Love, leave you and me to struggle along on our own? "It is our ignorance of God, the divine Principle," Mrs. Eddy reminds us, "which produces apparent discord, and the right understanding of Him restores harmony." Ibid., p. 390.
Though Christ Jesus had few permanent companions or personal possessions, his clear understanding of God enabled him to meet his own needs and to heal others. From the Bible we note that more than once, before accomplishing healing, he humbly acknowledged God as the source of his work and thanked Him for the yet-to-come blessings. He unreservedly accepted the truth that man is the loved of God. He unhesitatingly claimed his divine birthright by knowing that God, his Father-Mother, was looking after him in all circumstances. His clear realization of the relationship of God and man enabled the Master to have total confidence in God's supreme power and in turn to heal the sick, feed the hungry, and raise the dead.
Recently I was unemployed, with no money to pay bills and rent for a period of time. A few years before, when I had faced a similar situation, I had been panicky and confused. I had constantly sought help from other people and had been disappointed at their callousness. This apparent indifference added a strong sense of self-pity and resentment to my already depressed feeling. The situation eventually worked out. But it took a while.
This time I clung to the truth that "the right understanding of Him restores harmony." I began by asking myself how Jesus would have dealt with the problem. I immediately withdrew a personal sense of myself from the situation and let the Christ have total charge. I found myself turning to Truth and feeling instantly freed from human bondage. I declared that I, as truly the reflection of God—who is the only source of abundance, good, and intelligence—could experience no lack of any kind, nor could I be the victim of any system or circumstance. I then found I was able to pay my bills and meet my daily needs. Needless to say, employment soon followed. This experience awakened me to realize the importance of putting God first; of trusting divine Principle; and of claiming my right as God's child.
No matter how difficult the human situation seems to be, the sure way to victory is through Truth. We can shorten the route by accepting the spiritual fact that God is All and we are His children. Then we can assure ourselves that Mind's wisdom is guiding and directing us all the way. And we can rejoice that God, Love, is too kind, too loving, too generous, to withhold any good from His own children. "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you," Matt. 6:33. Christ Jesus said.
You and I—we are loved! Love sustains us in all our upward learning way. "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding," we read in Proverbs. "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Prov. 3:5, 6. Regardless of how ugly the human scene may seem to be, we are loved— by divine Love. Our loyalty to the spiritual fact can bring correction to this scene.
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