The Divine Vistas

IN Isaiah we read, "For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations." The prevailing concept of God and His laws governs the character of every period of human history. The vitality of faith is unique and its power is beyond human estimate. "He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him," is set forth in the Scriptures. The newer and clearer understanding of God that is coming to mankind through Christian Science is unfolding the truth that in no sense is He absent or inactive, but a continuous present help to all who seek Him. It is comforting to mortals to know that there is a righteous success, the result of honest activity and obedience. When a mortal shakes off the belief that it can be God's will for him to be in bondage to error of any kind, he has taken the first step toward freedom and dominion.

In the light of Christian Science the declaration of John, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be," contains the spiritual fact which, when understood and applied in daily life, means complete salvation and deliverance from every mortal ill. The average person is sometimes perplexed by the thought that, seemingly, the problems of humanity are increasing and becoming more complex; but the progress so far made emphasizes the fact more and more that no great movement for the improvement of humanity can ever be successful which does not realize the divine law in somewhat of the same clearness that Jesus did when he declared that if we would be obedient and do well we must love God with our heart and our neighbor as ourself.

When we know God as our Father, prayer will be a joy, bringing us into the realization of His presence. Looking to Him for wisdom, strength, and guidance in all human activities whatever may be our occupation, at sea or on land, at home or in the office or workshop, in the fields, or in the halls of legislature, of commerce, of education, certain it is that our needs will always be fully met, for we have allied ourselves with God, the source of all true supply. What the world calls success is not always real success. The genuine success of our business enterprises, of all our work, rests upon the spiritual quality of our thinking.

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Divine Protection
December 6, 1919

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