Rest Secure in God’s Presence

NOVEMBER 15, 2017
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91:1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.
8 Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.


1:7 The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.


4:23 ¶ … Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
11:28 ¶ Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.


6… ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, …
7 …nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.


14:3 … it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, …
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
30:15 … thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength:
32:17… the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.
26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee:


1:14 … if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ.
4:9 … there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God.
11 So let us do our best to enter that rest. But if we disobey God, as the people of Israel did, we will fall.
12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.
16 So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.


4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.


22:21 Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace:
11:13 If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;
15 … then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot; yea, thou shalt be stedfast, and shalt not fear:
17 And thine age shall be clearer than the noonday; thou shalt shine forth, thou shalt be as the morning.
22:27 Thou shalt make thy prayer unto him, and he shall hear thee,
28 … and the light shall shine upon thy ways.


2:9 … ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.


SH 265:23-24, 28
Who that has felt the loss of human peace has not gained stronger desires for spiritual joy?

The pains of sense quickly inform us that the pleasures of sense are mortal and that joy is spiritual.

SH 322:26-29
The sharp experiences of belief in the supposititious life of matter, as well as our disappointments and ceaseless woes, turn us like tired children to the arms of divine Love.

SH 380:28-4
Nothing is more disheartening than to believe that there is a power opposite to God, or good, and that God endows this opposing power with strength to be used
against Himself, against Life, health, harmony. Every law of matter or the body, supposed to govern man, is rendered null and void by the law of Life, God. Ignorant of our God-given rights, we submit to unjust decrees, and the bias of education enforces this slavery.

SH 14:25-28
Entirely separate from the belief and dream of material living, is the Life divine, revealing spiritual understanding and the consciousness of man’s dominion over
the whole earth.

SH 387:27
The history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father, omnipotent
Mind, who gives man faith and understanding whereby to defend himself, not only from temptation, but from bodily suffering.

SH 519:25
God rests in action. Imparting has not impoverished, can never impoverish, the divine Mind. No exhaustion follows the action of this Mind, according to the apprehension of divine Science. The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.

SH 367:30-32
Because Truth is infinite, error should be known as nothing. Because Truth is omnipotent in goodness, error, Truth’s opposite, has no might.

SH 368:2-4
The confidence inspired by Science lies in the fact that Truth is real and error is unreal.

SH 66:6-7, 10-11, 14
Trials teach mortals not to lean on a material staff, — a broken reed, which pierces the heart.
Trials are proofs of God’s care.
Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love.

SH 400:22-23, 26
Mortal mind rules all that is mortal.

The action of so-called mortal mind must be destroyed by the divine Mind to bring out the harmony of being. Without divine control there is discord, manifest as sin, sickness, and death.

SH 183:21-23
Divine Mind rightly demands man’s entire obedience, affection, and strength. No reservation is made for any lesser loyalty.

SH 83:7-9
Mortals must find refuge in Truth in order to escape the error of these latter days.

SH 387:8-12 when (to 2nd ,)
… when we realize that immortal Mind is ever active, and that spiritual energies can neither wear out nor can so-called material law trespass upon God-given powers and resources, we are able to rest in Truth, …

SH 495:14-16 cling
… cling steadfastly to God and His idea. Allow nothing but His likeness to abide in your thought.

SH 426:8-11
When the destination is desirable, expectation speeds our progress. The struggle for Truth makes one strong instead of weak, resting instead of wearying one.

SH 570:14
Millions of unprejudiced minds — simple seekers for Truth, weary wanderers, athirst in the desert — are waiting and watching for rest and drink. Give them a cup of cold water in Christ’s name, and never fear the consequences.

SH 254:10-12
When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.

SH 506:11-12
The calm and exalted thought or spiritual apprehension is at peace.


42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God:
46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
37:7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him:
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.


John Randall
Christian Science Sentinel
September 9, 1905

Christian Scientists rest secure in the consciousness of the integrity of their motives, they are striving to be Christian, to overcome evil with good, and to aid in the physical, moral, and spiritual regeneration of humanity.

“Sleep—Or Rest?”
Donna C. Layton
Christian Science Sentinel
May 8, 1948

To rest is to be still, to feel comforted, assured, protected from all fear. The belief that this blessed state of rest and quiet can be obtained only as the result of long hours spent in the unconscious state known as sleep is a common delusion that has been uncovered by our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy. In her textbook, “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,” she writes, “The consciousness of Truth rests us more than hours of repose in unconsciousness.”

“The consciousness of Truth” brings the rest and peace promised by our Master to those that “labour and are heavy laden.” When consciousness reflects Truth, it comes to rest, secure in the allness of divine Mind and preserved and protected by the care-taking and all-inclusive tenderness of ever-present divine Love.

This resting in the consciousness of Truth is a state of spiritual activity. “God rests in action,” our Leader writes, and she goes on to say, “The highest and sweetest rest, even from a human standpoint, is in holy work.” Thus, we can find rest in spiritual activity and in the holy work of demonstrating man’s spiritual oneness with his divine Father.

St. Paul says, “… let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.”

God is Life—ever-active, never-sleeping Life; therefore, spiritual man, His image and likeness, is ever reflecting boundless energy and vitality. Never weary nor heavy laden, he rests in the consciousness of Truth and finds his true being in the ceaseless, joyous, rest-bestowing activity of God.