"The joy of the Lord"

The Christian Scientist, as a result of studying "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, learns that God, divine Mind, is the source of spiritual joy. He seeks to rely upon divine Mind to guide his every thought, word, and deed. He finds that in proportion as he allows the divine Mind to govern his thought and life, harmonious results follow. Thus he learns the divine rule underlying happy service, acceptable to God and helpful to his fellow-men. He learns to pursue his work cheerfully, even when trying problems need to be solved. And can we say that our problem is really solved until joy is realized? A human problem is simply a manifestation of the belief that the harmony of being is hidden from view. When the mist of false belief is dispelled through the understanding of Truth, the harmony of being is seen to be ever present and intact.

It was a time of great encouragement and rejoicing for the remnant of Jews in Jerusalem when Nehemiah returned from Persia to rebuild the walls of the capital city of Judea. The children of Judah had been carried captive in the course of repeated invasions. Those inhabitants of Judea who had remained in and around Jerusalem, or who had returned from captivity, had endured severe hardships. When word was brought to Nehemiah that the remnant that were left in the province of Judea were in great affliction and reproach, that the wall of Jerusalem was broken down, and that the gates thereof were burned with fire, it aroused him to action. From what we learn of Nehemiah from the book bearing his name, it is plain that he had done his work well while serving as cupbearer to Artaxerxes, the Persian king. Nehemiah was utilizing and demonstrating the divine law, and as a result of this clear, unselfed work, he was ready to respond to God's requirements; and the pagan beliefs of the Persian court were powerless to hinder him. Thus it became possible for Nehemiah to return to the city of his fathers to do the work he was called upon to do.

The Open Door
October 17, 1925

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