Rejoice Now!

In the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 387), we are reminded that "the history of Christianity furnishes sublime proofs of the supporting influence and protecting power bestowed on man by his heavenly Father." There is comfort in this knowledge, and profit in studiously regarding these proofs. They are given us in the Scriptures, not only for our encouragement, but for our instruction as well, that we may be guided into like experiences. They are more than merely interesting or historical narratives.

One such proof, which carries an unmistakable lesson for us if we will but heed it, is that of King Jehoshaphat and his people, as told in the twentieth chapter of the second book of Chronicles. We read that they were beset by a force overwhelmingly great as to numbers, but in their extremity had the wisdom to ask help of the Lord. That was an initial step of supreme importance. Their seeking was not in vain (none such ever is); for through the spiritualized sense of one of their number came this comforting message: "Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not your's, but God's. ... Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the Lord with you, ... to morrow go out against them: for the Lord will be with you."

Demonstrating Good
February 6, 1926

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