Passages are numerous in the Bible in which God is spoken of as the source of strength. In the Psalms, for example, the following occur among many others: "The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed;" "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble;" "In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God;" "The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation." In the fortieth chapter of Isaiah these wonderfully helpful words are to be found: "Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? ... He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength." And if we turn to the New Testament we discover in the Pauline epistles such passages as these: "Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might;" "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Each and all of such citations show that the writers of them were convinced that strength lay in God.

Now Christian Science shows how God may become the strength of men. God is understood in Christian Science to be infinite Spirit, infinite Truth, infinite Love. Being infinite, no other reality exists but Spirit, Truth, or Love. That is to say, there is no reality in matter. Consequently, the belief that strength is dependent upon, or is inherent in, matter is fundamentally erroneous. Perhaps there is no belief so prevalent among men as that matter is the chief source, if not the sole source, of their strength. One has but to reflect on the time and thought that are expended in catering to the needs of the body to have the fact brought home to him. And it is true that a great number of people believe that their strength would go rapidly down if they did not frequently indulge in large quantities of foodstuffs, with clock-work regularity.

Right Obedience
June 21, 1924

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