The Promised Land

What Christian Scientist does not gain much comfort and joy from reading the account of the supply of manna descending upon the children of Israel in their hour of great need, that proof of the Father's loving care and providence for His children! And who of us has not applied and proved in his experience, at least in some degree, the lessons learned by those wanderers in the wilderness at that time! Most of us have had similar experiences, and have therefore abundant cause for gratitude; and we are eager to express our appreciation. The promise of the daily supply has never failed when the truths about God and man have been intelligently applied; and Christian Science is making its demands upon its students to live and progress, that they may demonstrate continuously more of health and harmony.

There is much to be gained from a careful study of the supply of manna to the children of Israel. Sometimes we conclude our study with the satisfied comment that the need was met and all was well. And then we apply this much of the lesson to our experience, with the result that we do not make such a complete demonstration as we might: we do not realize the abundance of good that is intended for those who are faithful. The children of Israel did not subsist indefinitely upon manna; it was supplied only while they were in the wilderness. The account in Exodus says, "They did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan." After that, we read, they ate "of the fruit of the land of Canaan."

Every faithful student of Christian Science has made some progress out of the Egypt of material beliefs, but many of us have not made all the progress we should. Some of us may still be sustained by the manna of our wilderness experience, when we should have reached the promised land. Our promised land is the understanding of how to demonstrate an abundance of good through the intelligent, correct application of the teachings of our Leader, Mrs. Eddy; and persistent study of the Bible and her works will surely bring us into that promised land.

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The New Song
May 19, 1928

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