All things work together for good
Updated: Feb 7
By Elaina Simpson, C.S.
The Bible tells us, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God..."
(Romans 8:28) Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, called the above statement, "...the dictum of Scripture."
(Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 444:4) One definition for "dictum" calls this, "a short statement that expresses a general truth or principle." The above biblical statement, is certainly the general principle of our whole experience. When applied in mental thought, understood and prayerfully pondered... We see this is the very law of our experience now, rather than a distant hope. This knowledge that all things work together for Good only comes with one asking from us: "...love God." While it may feel a little hard to love a distant man up in the sky, we can Love God as ever-present harmony and Life. When you are walking outside, looking at the birds, noticing someone else's expression of beauty, order, grace, or when someone sends you an encouraging message... Right there and then you are seeing God as Life, working through them or in those actions. You are loving and appreciating God, Good all around you. When we love God, our thought is on God. It's not on fear, discouragement, inadequacy or disruption... But our thoughts are on gratitude, harmony, peace and joy. Eddy poses a helpful question: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. . . . What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”
(The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 143:25) I'll be pondering this verse this week, incase anyone would like to join in that individual prayer. Have a great evening,
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