"In the paths of righteousness"

"He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." Thus sang David centuries ago; and this sweet assurance has been ringing out for all mankind ever since. What multitudes of men and women, weary and worn with the apparent struggle against sin and suffering in themselves and others, have turned to these words to gain new hope and courage to go forward! In the longing to know the way to peace and harmony, to health and holiness, who has not found the assertion, "He leadeth me," of inestimable comfort? And the truth it declares is unlimited in its redemptive work in human experience. Through time and through eternity divine Love's guiding will ever be present; it must, therefore, be ever available in its perfect activity.

Now since this all-sufficient, divine guidance is always at hand, why is it that men have so frequently sought it, apparently, in vain? What is the reason they so often fail to realize how to understand and follow it? "He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness." Ah! There is one difficulty! "In the paths of righteousness," — and human belief is not looking in that direction! Men often call on God for guidance; they often pray earnestly to be shown the right; and then they wonder why they still fail to see clearly, and still stumble on in darkness and doubt. Christian Science not only explains the reason for this apparent failure but is itself the way out of it.

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