The Faith I Live By


He Cares for Us Every Minute, June 8

The Divine Life-giver

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Psalm 100:3. FLB 165.1

The work of creation cannot be explained by science. What science can explain the mystery of life? 16The Ministry of Healing, 414. FLB 165.2

Life is a gift of God.17Counsels on Health, 41. FLB 165.3

The natural life is preserved moment by moment by divine power; yet it is not sustained by a direct miracle, but through the use of blessings placed within our reach.18The Acts of the Apostles, 284. FLB 165.4

The Saviour in His miracles revealed the power that is continually at work in man's behalf, to sustain and to heal him. Through the agencies of nature, God is working, day by day, hour by hour, moment by moment, to keep us alive, to build up and restore us. When any part of the body sustains injury, a healing process is at once begun; nature's agencies are set at work to restore soundness. But the power working through these agencies is the power of God. All life-giving power is from Him. When one recovers from disease, it is God who restores him. Sickness, suffering, and death are work of an antagonistic power. Satan is the destroyer; God is the restorer.19The Ministry of Healing, 112, 113. FLB 165.5

A great lesson is learned when we understand our relation to God, and His relation to us.20Counsels on Diet and Foods, 56. FLB 165.6

We have an individuality and an identity that is our own. No one can submerge his identity in that of any other. All must act for themselves, according to the dictates of their own conscience. As regards our responsibility and influence, we are amenable to God as deriving our life from Him. This we do not obtain from humanity, but from God only. We are His by creation and by redemption. Our very bodies are not our own, to treat as we please, to cripple by habits that lead to decay, making it impossible to render to God perfect service. Our lives and all our faculties belong to Him. He is caring for us every moment; He keeps the living machinery in action; if we were left to run it for one moment, we should die. We are absolutely dependent upon God.21Counsels on Diet and Foods, 56. FLB 165.7