Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Spiritual Progress-Today and Tomorrow

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Spiritual Progress-Today and Tomorrow

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HAVE you ever found yourself wanting to know the future? If so, join the club--it's a feeling shared by many. Of course, we can never know precisely what's in the future in terms of specific events and times and places. But by discovering who we are now, as someone capable and worthy in God's sight, we can find release from anxiety about the future. And--in greater and greater degrees--we can shape and control what happens to us. The key to this spiritual progress, of course, lies in the effort we invest in learning of God as He is and of the man He creates and constantly renews. God doesn't change. He doesn't mature or decline, get better or worse. Why? Isn't it because He is the beginning point of everything? He is the creator. The book of Isaiah in the Bible calls God "the Creator of the ends of the earth" (40:28). God is infinite and eternal Spirit, who has nothing to do with time. The understanding of God as time-less, eternal Truth--"the rock of our salvation"--provides a true and reliable frame of reference for all else. It is important, though, to include ourselves on this rock, rather than thinking of ourselves as pitching to and fro in the "sea" of worry and helplessness. After all, we are His children. When Psalms says of God "A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past" (90:4), isn't this an indication that time is no part of God or of all that He is and does? Because His creation must be like Him, time and finity can be no part of God's provision for man, either. God simply couldn't be timeless, eternal Spirit and make His beloved man--make us--as material, time-bound mortals. This spiritual view of man can set the stage for a happy, progressive experience now. The "now" unfolding from God-centered being becomes more active, more intelligent, more far-reaching, for us as we learn more of God's goodness. …
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