The Naturalness of Good

"We know that all things work together for good to them that love God," was the message of cheer which Paul left to the world. He reminds us, too, of the Old Testament promise, "Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." He had learned that good was natural, that man in the care of loving, divine Principle can look forward to good, and not to unhappiness, disaster, or misfortune. Paul was essentially a man of the world. He was not a sheltered dreamer unfamiliar with the vicissitudes of human life. He was a scholar, a man of affairs, and in the turmoil of world interest he was led to Christianity, which taught him the good news of the kingdom of heaven at hand, and thus he learned the ever availability of good.

Paul's experiences while he was preaching this good news, which had regenerated him, were not experiences of ease, comfort, popularity, and success such as the world calls success. On the other hand, there were hardship, hatred, suspicion to be faced continually. There were imprisonment, shipwreck, the bite of the serpent, but these did not overwhelm Paul. He saw them as opportunities to prove the power of God, good. Through all of these experiences he was able to know that all things do work together for good when one loves good, and it was this knowledge which sustained him and enabled him to be of such inestimable value to the world, not only in his own day but throughout the centuries.

The Oneness of Authority and Service
August 20, 1921

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