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Knowing our need of God

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Knowing our need of God is the first step toward knowing God Himself. It's knowing our need of His goodness and gentleness and wisdom and love, and beginning to recognize and feel the power of these qualities. People sometimes ask: ``Is there really a God, or have people invented God to explain the unaccountable and to satisfy the human need for reassurance? Has God created man, or has mankind created God? Is man Godlike or is God man- like?'' In the book of Job the Lord is shown answering such questions by asking some questions: ``Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth? . . . Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart?'' 1

God does all these things. But God is not anthropomorphic or manlike. The order we see in the universe hints an infinite, wise, creative Mind, which has made man to express its incorporeal nature, to reflect infinite Life and Love, to bear witness to the divine Principle of being. We have need of God because He is the very source of all we truly are. And as the image of God, what we truly are is not a material personality, composed of some good qualities and some bad ones. Our actual selfhood is spiritual, the image of Spirit, the expression of the pure good that is God.

God's qualities can't be confined within any one person or locality. They are universal. To believe otherwise is to have a limited sense of their scope and availability, and therefore a limited experience of good. We need God because He alone is the source of good, wherever we see it.

Every time someone expresses one of God's qualities, and by so doing tips the scale in some challenge, God has made Himself known more clearly to human comprehension, even if the people concerned don't always realize what has happened at the time.

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