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In Biblical history the lives of prophet and apostle supply many helpful lessons. We find Moses at eighty years of age learning meekness and contentment while employed in tending sheep near Mount Horeb. Here he saw more of God than he had ever seen in Pharaoh's court, and his experience proves that those who seek God diligently, find Him wherever they may be. As truth was unfolded to Moses, he expressed his readiness to obey, and thus received the promise of God that His people should be delivered from their bondage.
Pharaoh had long sought to effect Israel's destruction, but in the providential order his own daughter had preserved one who was to become their deliverer. The land of Egypt had become to Israel a house of bondage, instead of a refuge in time of famine. The king's obligations to Israel on account of Joseph's service to the country seemed to have been forgotten, for we read that there arose a new king "which knew not Joseph," and who by means of taxation brought the Hebrews into absolute enslavement. Taskmasters made them "to serve with rigor;" nevertheless they increased wonderfully. Separated from the Egyptians, they remained a distinct people, and it is written that God dealt well with them, and prospered them in all they did. The poorest of the oppressed were not forgotten of God, even though they had rebelled against Him. Thus we see that "whatever envy, hatred, revenge—the most remorseless motives that govern moral mind—whatever these try to do, shall 'work together for good to them that love God.' ... Because He has called His own, armed them, equipped them" (Miscellaneous Writings, p. 10).
The truth cannot be banished from individual consciousness, and the promises of God bring speedy deliverance from the tyranny of persecutors. When we are conscious of the divine power, we shall see the manifestations of Love. Though seemingly crushed by slavery, the Hebrews were blessed with divine guidance in their forty years of wandering, and their every need was supplied. The divine wisdom, power, and goodness were to them "new every morning." Thus may we find assurance that though the years seem long to us before complete deliverance is realized, our Father "fainteth not, neither is weary." Divine Mind is ever active, ever operative. There may be a Red sea for us to cross, but we shall be led through it and the bitter waters will be made sweet. Many steps may have to be taken before we reach "the sinless joy,—the perfect harmony and immortality of Life, possessing unlimited divine beauty and goodness without a single bodily pleasure or pain" (Science and Health, p. 76). High tasks are before us, and we cannot be released from one of them; but our guide is "the living God, and steadfast forever." Who or what can harm us if we be followers of Him that is good?
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