"Be still, and know that I am God"

The words, "Be still, and know that I am God," signify that in order to know God, one must "be still," one must attain to the mental attitude that shuts out the clamoring of so-called human will, with its testimony of corporeal sense, and admit only the quiet, steadfast confidence of divine will, of divine intelligence, God. Thus, to "be still" implies the ability to listen to the voice of Truth; it means obedience to the dictates of Truth; it brings into activity right thinking and right action; it brings forth the qualities which develop thought so that it is possible to prove that "with God all things are possible." To "be still" shuts out mortal mind with its insistent cry of self, and opens thought to the light of omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient Mind. In the quiet confidence that waits on God, good, human will is stilled, self-love goes out before the sweetness of divine Love, and God's will speaks to the struggling heart its "peace, be still."

Two little children were playing happily together when a difference arose between them; and one child in anger said, "I hate you!" The other sat very still, the only evidence that she heard being the red flush that swept over her face. After a moment or two she lifted a radiant countenance to her little friend and said, "Why, you can't hate me; for God is Love, and God loves me; and God is everywhere; and where Love is hate cannot be." How simply in her quiet waiting on God had divine Love replaced the discord of hate with the harmony of Love,—the forgiving spirit destroying the belief of hate with sweetest confidence. Mrs. Eddy writes in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 571), "Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you." If the older children of God would accept sweetly as that little child "the panoply of Love," it would greatly simplify the regeneration of the world individually and collectively.

May 24, 1924

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