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‘We walk by faith’

From the March 2015 issue of The Christian Science Journal


Who of us wouldn’t want a trustworthy, steady hand to rely on as we walk through the many events of life? Whether we’re considering a major step in our career or dealing with seemingly mundane, day-to-day decisions and activities—the wise, helping hand of God is available for each of us to lean on. And Christian Science shows that nothing is either too mundane or too important to be put in God’s care.

As we learn about our eternal relation to God as His children, it becomes increasingly clear that every aspect of our lives can be entrusted to God, whose support and guidance are supremely reliable. God is the divine Mind that directs all our ways. God is our Father-Mother Love, whose tender care ensures the unfoldment and development of all good for each of us. “O Lord,” says the Psalmist in the Bible, “thou hast searched me, and known me. ... Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways” (Psalm 139:1, 3).

Christian Science explains the nature of this all-loving Love and all-wise Mind as not a person but as the infinite divine Principle, which creates, encompasses, and governs all that really exists—its infinite spiritual ideas, comprising man and the universe. In the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy writes of God: “The divine Principle, or Spirit, comprehends and expresses all, and all must therefore be as perfect as the divine Principle is perfect. Nothing is new to Spirit. Nothing can be novel to eternal Mind, the author of all things, who from all eternity knoweth His own ideas. Deity was satisfied with His work. How could He be otherwise, since the spiritual creation was the outgrowth, the emanation, of His infinite self-containment and immortal wisdom?” (pp. 518–519).

In this reality of being, we are never for a moment separated from God, because we dwell in divine Mind and express this Mind. Therefore everything about us is forever known to God. This includes all that God has for us to do, and all that we need for our well-being and the fulfillment of God’s purpose for us. Christ Jesus said, “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him” (Matthew 6:8). 

In another deeply helpful passage, Jesus shows how our oneness with God embraces our human experience.  He says, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” (Matthew 6:34).

We need not be anxious about tomorrow, because God is perpetually unfolding His purpose for us. As we pray daily to understand our oneness with God, what is forever true becomes evident to us. Prayer doesn’t change our relation to God, or somehow activate His guidance. Prayer simply enables us to understand what has always been true. Our lives give evidence of God’s hand directing us and fulfilling all good for us.

Seeing our lives in this light, we find the Apostle Paul’s little gem of a statement overflowing with meaning: “We walk by faith, not by sight” (II Corinthians 5:7). 

Here, Paul is commending to us an enlightened spiritual trust, a comprehension that we’re not mortals who are on our own and separate from God, but the immortal children of God, who have an indissoluble, spiritual link to our Father-Mother. That link is the unbreakable oneness of idea with the Mind that conceives it and forever holds it. If we are ideas of divine Mind, then Mind alone is directing our every action, unfolding every step in His development of us. We walk safely forward in the understanding of this fact, listening humbly for Mind’s direction.

Many years ago, I felt it was time to move from my small office to a somewhat bigger one. So I contacted a real estate agent, found an office that seemed well suited, and we agreed to proceed with drawing up a lease. It all seemed very logical and timely. 

But after the agent and I parted, I began to feel distinctly like a little child who had wandered off on his own without realizing it and was suddenly aware that his father and mother were nowhere around. The feeling was tangible—I was proceeding totally on my own, and God had nothing to do with any of it. I was walking by “sight” and not by “faith.” I was relying merely on human reasoning, not on spiritual listening and following.

Suddenly, moving my office no longer felt right. So I called the agent and told him I couldn’t go forward with leasing the office. He had a psychological theory to explain my “cold feet,” but I knew it was divine direction I was feeling. 

Several weeks later, that spiritual intuition was confirmed. Completely unforseen, a very right opportunity presented itself for me to move to another part of the country. It all happened quickly, and I was free and ready to make that important move.

We can be at peace that what Mind knows of us as His idea, His loved child, is manifested humanly as a constant law of right direction and right timing. Whether we’re waiting on God for ourselves, looking after a family, or in charge of developing a business or other organization, we can walk by the faith that understands and trusts Mind’s direction for each of His children and His perfect unfoldment of every right activity.

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