"We shall reap, if we faint not"

Paul says, "Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." A Christian Scientist has good reason for expecting to see the fruition of his Christianly scientific work. Instantaneous healing is the ideal result; and we need to watch that we do not continue to hold in thought any false argument of error which would prevent, if possible, any sort of problem from being speedily solved. Truth alone brings about the solution, the healing. Should the error be obstinate, and apparently refuse to yield at the first treatment, it is helpful to remember our Leader's counsel in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 22): "If your endeavors are beset by fearful odds, and you receive no present reward, go not back to error, nor become a sluggard in the race. When the smoke of battle clears away, you will discern the good you have done, and receive according to your deserving."

Many who are ignorant of Truth come to a Christian Scientist for help out of a difficulty; and they sometimes come with the desire that the healing should be instantaneous. If to sense the smoke arises and the battle begins, then they erroneously decide they cannot be healed; and after a few treatments, sometimes indeed after a single treatment, they go "back to error" and tell their friends and acquaintances they have tried Christian Science and it did them no good; that they seemed to grow worse instead of better under the treatment!

Israel Triumphant
November 24, 1923

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