Confidence-inspiring Principle

Men have ever been seeking for knowledge of fixed Principle in which full confidence may be reposed, and by which they may gauge their actions with assurance, so that good shall result. They have hoped, too, that through this spiritual understanding inspiration and strength would be gained to carry on the normal activities of human life.

Many centuries ago, the prophet Isaiah declared, "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel." And to the rebellious, the word of God also came, "In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not."

In quietness and confidence! What a sense of restfulness, of strength, of assurance, comes with the words even before second thought may ask, Confidence in what? and in what way, quietness? Isaiah pointed out that confidence must be placed in God; and Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, sets forth in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 587) a concept of God which at once tends to inspire confidence, to establish quietness, and to furnish that understanding of fixed divine Principle which men seek. There she writes: "God. The great I am; the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-acting, all-wise, all-loving, and eternal; Principle; Mind; Soul; Spirit; Life; Truth; Love; all substance; intelligence." Through earnest contemplation of the meaning of these words will men realize that no greater understanding of God than they convey is necessary to inspire full confidence in Him. Their import inspires strength and courage, and blind, speculative faith is transformed into a comprehensive and practical understanding of the infinite.

December 11, 1926

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