God's Work in God's Way

Various narratives in the Scriptures illustrate the fact that to trust in human or personal strength is to produce a temporary sense of estrangement from God. If God's work is to be done by us, it must be done in God's way and at His command. Any attempt to act the part that properly belongs to another, or to bring to pass good results through the operation of material sense or human will power, not only must prove abortive, but is apt to lead for the time being into a condition of perplexity and loneliness where we may leisurely ponder the truths of Christian Science and must pass through a period of self-examination before we can accomplish the good we desire.

We read that Moses, by attempting to save the Israelite by the arm of flesh, was forced to flee into the wilderness, an experience which must, after the brilliance of the Egyptian court have been one of "loneliness; doubt; darkness," to quote from Mrs. Eddy's definition of wilderness (Science and Health, p. 597). Nevertheless it also proved, as she further defines it, an experience of "spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence."

March 30, 1918

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