There is an answer

Sometimes we may find ourselves up against what seems an unsolvable problem - there simply appears to be no possible answer. Maybe it's a dispute with an intractable neighbor or fellow employee. Perhaps it comes in the form of a medical diagnosis that insists no cure is available. Or an assignment that will take a couple of weeks is due in a couple of days.

Whatever the challenge, if we find ourselves slipping into an acceptance of the premise that there is no answer, we are accepting a fallacy of the human mind. And such an acceptance may delay indefinitely our recognition of the solution. True, from the standpoint of the human mind itself, there may be no answer. But the human mind is not the actual source of answers.

Anytime we are confronted with what has seemed an unyielding difficulty, our best approach is mustering the humility to admit that there is a solution. And this does take humility. There is a certain arrogance of the human mind that insists some things just can't be worked out. You might say this mind has, tucked into its perspective, something of a vested interest in failure!

The human mind, by nature, is limited. It is not God, the one unlimited divine Mind. Actually, a finite material mentality is a kind of counterfeit, a false claimant to real Mind, God.

And so a profound issue is involved in admitting that there is an answer - an issue far deeper than the exercise of mere human optimism. What's really called for is a reassessment of the substance of thought and just where it actually comes from. We need to have enough spiritual discernment to recognize that the authentic source of our consciousness is something immensely more than a matter-based mentality. Divine Mind, God Himself, is truly the origin of all consciousness - of all that is ultimately genuine and real. Because He is All, He knows all. And because He is infinitely good, His creation must manifest this good nature. As we begin to understand that He is the source of all thought, unknowns gradually fall away. The practical effect of grasping God's nature as perfect Mind is the coming to light of answers to issues that seemed unsolvable.

Jeremiah knew where answers could always be found. He records an all-wise God as saying, ''Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.'' n1 Throughout the Bible, and perhaps most significantly in the life of Christ Jesus, we see what is required of us in calling on God. Certainly it's more than just some words asking for a divine response. We need to be fit for the response. Humility is the open door that enables us to recognize the response when it comes. Writing of a hungry heart's petition to God, Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, offers strong assurance: ''If this heart, humble and trustful, faithfully asks divine Love to feed it with the bread of heaven, health, holiness, it will be conformed to a fitness to receive the answer to its desire....'' n2

n1 1Jeremiah 33:3.

n2 Miscellaneous Writings, p. 127.

If you are faced with a stubborn problem, don't let the human mind define it as unsolvable - and don't let it back up such an aggressive suggestion with subtle and insidious feelings of discouragement and doubt. Insist that there is an answer. There is because God is limitless Mind; He is all-knowing; He is the very source of true consciousness. And man is God's beloved child, expressing divine intelligence, wisdom, and perceptiveness. As your love for these Biblical truths grows, you won't be faced with a situation that has no solution. DAILY BIBLE VERSE In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul. All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth . . . Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me . . . The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever. Psalms 138:3, 4, 7, 8

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