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DIVINE DIRECTION

From the February 1947 issue of The Christian Science Journal


At a time like the present, when the world seems steeped in unrest, beset with uncertainties and perplexities, and when mankind seems mesmerized by a sense of confusion and helplessness, many turn to the Bible for guidance and glean from its inspired pages assurance of God's loving direction. Probably few passages in the Old Testament have been more widely read and studied than the familiar and encouraging verses from the book of Proverbs (3:5, 6): "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." Today Solomon's exhortation stands like a beacon light of hope and comfort, directing and guiding mankind out of the morass of error to a sure release from all the trials and tribulations "that flesh is heir to."

Throughout the Bible we find many instances of release from danger and difficulties of all kinds when those in need turned wholeheartedly to God and trustingly relied on Him for guidance and direction. Undoubtedly the foremost example of radical reliance on God was our Master and Way-shower, Christ Jesus, who came not only teaching and preaching, but demonstrating the power of God to heal all the ills and woes of the world. Surrounded by selfishness and hatred, Jesus went about doing good, undisturbed and undaunted, continually impressing on his followers that God's promises are always kept. He trusted God, acknowledging Him in all His ways, and his unselfed purpose enabled him to say (Luke 22: 42), "Not my will, but thine, be done."

Through the study of Christian Science many are proving that God's power to heal, direct, and deliver from all evil is as available today as it was when Jesus was here. They are proving that God, divine Love, is ever at hand to lead them step by step over the rough and stony places of material sense to the good ground, the fertile and fruitful lands of Truth. They are also proving the truth of the wise words of Solomon that practical trust in God includes no half-hearted attitude. Jesus was the true Way-shower. He went all the way. There were no halfway measures with him, no swinging like a pendulum between matter and Spirit, no sense of false responsibility. He trusted all to God, the Father, and confided in none other.

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