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What would God say? Not say?

From the August 2017 issue of The Christian Science Journal

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To know what God would or wouldn’t say to us, it is first necessary to know how God always communicates spiritual answers to a yearning heart. We may feel that we don’t see adequate answers to the challenges we face, and we may wonder how anything spiritual could do more than ease the stress of difficulties. But we can do more than just fondly hope that God unconditionally loves His creation and is always present as our help and support. We can know that God is present and communicates His goodness to all of us—His spiritual ideas—in ways that can be comprehended practically, solving problems of all kinds.

For instance, the biblical patriarchs expected to hear divine direction and to experience results that ran counter to human expectations. As a result of what they perceived of God’s assurances, they had remarkable experiences that did solve problems. And each of us also has the capacity to experience our own individual closeness to God, because God is always present, cherishing us in conscious love, and communicating to us the truth of our relation to Him. 

Mary Baker Eddy clearly evidenced this in her life. She writes in many places of feeling the presence of Spirit, God, and discerning direction from God’s divine idea, the Christ. Some of her poems have lines such as, “Heard ye the glad sound?” (Poems, p. 75), “I will listen for Thy voice, / Lest my footsteps stray” (Poems, p. 14), and

   I see Christ walk,
And come to me, and tenderly,
   Divinely talk.

(Poems, p. 12

Acknowledging God as not only present but communicating to consciousness affects our experience for the better—we see the nature of God expressed.

So when God communicates to us, what does He say? Wouldn’t the thoughts coming from God necessarily mirror the nature of the divine Mind communicating them? God’s messages must express His love, goodness, lawful action, tender direction, and embracing care. They inspire answers, a sense of peace and assurance, and clear direction that meet human needs.

The Bible has this well-loved line: “Thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left” (Isaiah 30:21). When we live in Christian fellowship and yearn for a deepening spiritual awareness of good as the core of the divine Mind and its creation, we become increasingly receptive to and confident in the Christ message—God’s communication to human consciousness. Then we find that we are able to heal as Jesus taught his followers to do.

Yielding to the nature of God as infinitely good, infinitely loving, enables us to discern God’s guidance. To realize that the Christ is actively working in us, and turning our thought to the divine Mind—our Father—is a leap forward in understanding that we all can take. In this way, we humbly credit God only with what He imparts. But we must also understand what is misdirected or misled thought, and refuse to accept what God would not say to us.

God’s messages express His love, goodness, lawful action, tender direction, and embracing care.

When one of our sons was fourteen, he saw how realizing what God would not say to His child can lead to healing. He was high jumping and fell, with obvious evidence of a broken arm. A coach ran out to attend to him and told my son to stay still while he got a vehicle to transport him.

As our son lay on the ground, he closed his eyes and turned to God in prayer. He said his prayer began something like this: “God, what am I supposed to think?” The message immediately came: “You know I didn’t do that.” 

To our son, that was a response to his prayer. So he reasoned, “If God wouldn’t say I am hurt, nor cause such a thing, what would He say?” The answer came that he couldn’t ever be separated from the spiritual perfection God made him to reflect.

The next day, a surgeon’s X-ray showed that while two bones in our son’s arm had been severely broken in several places, all the fractures had been perfectly set and were rapidly healing. No surgery was required. The surgeon remarked that he didn’t know anyone who could have set all the fragments like that.

Three days after the injury, our son competed in an opening district track meet, including the high jump! He had a very active sports career after that. That physical healing pivoted on a right assessment of what God would never say to His child, and what He would say.

To witness healing for ourselves and others as Jesus did, thought must yield to God, Mind. Then we are enabled to “… follow the leadings of truth” (Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 151), to be mentally alert and to distinguish between what God communicates and what is actually a lie about spiritual reality.

For example, we may find ourselves less inclined to destructively criticize others, undermine their sense of right action, or speak negatively about them. Rather, we will simply love our fellow man more deeply, in obedience to the Decalogue and Jesus’ teachings. And we will humbly yield to the fact that Mind is able to guide its own creation.

Healing is accomplished when we disallow and deeply challenge false thoughts—thoughts that could never be from God—and receive thoughts that are from God as a powerful source of goodness we can depend on. Knowing that God is always communicating to us comforts and heals. 

Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “We have the mind of Christ” (I Corinthians 2:16). The Christ, the divine idea of God, always communicates truth that flows from the nature of God, who is faithful, wise, and eternally present. We express that nature, as God’s, divine Mind’s, own spiritual likeness. 

Living so we can hear what God is imparting is having the Mind that was also in Christ. It leads to healing.

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