While studying a Lesson-Sermon on the subject "Are Sin, Disease, and Death Real?" the writer was led to read further into the account of the deliverance of the children of Israel from the bondage of Pharaoh; and as he read, he was reminded that the characters represented there are being portrayed today as well as they were then, from Moses' first sight of the burning bush, on down through all the wanderings of the children of Israel in the desert and over into the promised land.

When God called to Moses out of the burning bush, and told him to go down into Egypt and free the children of Israel, Moses hesitated, and said he was not a man of much eloquence,—"slow of speech, and of a slow tongue;" only to meet with the following rebuke: "Who hath made man's mouth? ... Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." So today, there are those who, when they are called on to do some service for God, such as acting in some official capacity in the church or Sunday school, or are requested to heal the sick, hesitate just as Moses did, and say, "Oh, I cannot do that; I am not ready to do that; I do not know enough about Christian Science to undertake that;" or, "My time is so full that I cannot find any more to devote to this work; when I feel that I can do it more conveniently, I will volunteer and do my part."

If the procrastinators would stop and ponder, remove the shoes of self and approach the holy ground of God's service in the right way, they would see that it is the way in which divine Love is leading them on to higher and better things in the understanding of God, and be only too glad to accept the post offered them, knowing that if they are called to serve God in any capacity, they will be given wisdom and knowledge enough to meet every requirement. We are told that God is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever"; and if He promised to guide Moses and even to put words into his mouth, He will certainly do as much for us now. If, when one is called to do something, he would say as did Samuel, "Here am I," no greater impetus could be given to the cause of Christian Science. Just as Moses wanted some sign from God that he would be cared for and directed, many of us spend so much of our time looking for some spectacular exhibition of Truth, that when Truth really does appear we are too engrossed to see the divine manifestation and consequently continue to wait for some display; and some of us, alas, never get beyond the looking. Jesus said, "Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe."

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August 10, 1912

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