A Christian Science perspective on daily life.
The instability in the US and Asian stock markets is creating uneasiness around the globe, and fears of recession seem to be growing greater. While the actions taken by the Federal Reserve on Tuesday to reduce interest rates in some areas have helped, few would doubt that this is a time when prayer for the national and world economies would be welcome.
One thing that has helped me a great deal over the years in times of national crisis – such as right after 9/11 when the financial markets were also shaken – is this statement from the book of Isaiah: "Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure" (33:6).
To me, the wisdom and knowledge the Bible speaks of have their source in God, the one divine Mind, who knows and loves each of us. This Mind is wholly good and exists to bless, never to harm. As the children of Mind, each of us expresses the qualities of God – intelligence, honesty, integrity, love, patience, peace, spirituality.
Bringing these and other qualities to bear on our mental and physical environment makes a huge difference. Such influences help spread calm in the midst of confusion, displace fear with love, provide intelligent guidance through complex issues. Affirming our oneness with divine Mind gives us security against doubt. If there is only one Mind, then no knowledge can be withheld from it. And, if we listen, Mind will guide each of us to the steps needed to find a permanent and good solution.
The second part of that verse from Isaiah may not sound so friendly – speaking of the fear of the Lord as a treasure. But the word "fear" there refers to awe toward the Lord, a recognition of God's all-powerful intelligence. So being aware of God's all-power, all-intelligence, and goodness would be a wonderful treasure to have. It is a consciousness that can be totally fearless.