Following God's Direction

"Be sure that God directs your way; then, hasten to follow under every circumstance." So says Mrs. Eddy in "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 117). If we would always remember this, we would save ourselves a great many mistakes and worries; but how often, even after we are sure that God has directed a certain step, do we let fear and doubt present their arguments as to why we should take the step at that particular time, or why it should be possible for us to do so at all? Perhaps fear whispers that from a financial standpoint alone it would be impossible to go ahead just then, for it might entail giving up work which brings good remuneration; and the argument may also present itself that by giving it up we would lose the necessary means of supply for daily needs.

When we listen to such fears and wrong arguments, we are turning away from God, and really losing that which we are seeking to hold. If, on the other hand, we will clear out these wrong thoughts and listen to the "still small voice,—the angel which always speaks to the receptive thought, or what Mrs. Eddy speaks of as "the right intuition which guides you safely home" (ibid., p. 152),—there will come into our consciousness a sense of calm and trust. Then we shall be able to see the right way to go, and realize that God will surely supply all the means necessary for us to follow His direction.

A careful study of the wonderful experiences of the children of Israel is always helpful in working out a problem of this sort. They, too, doubted the possibility of escaping the pursuing Egyptians; but we read that when Moses cried to the Lord, God said to him, "Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward." The Red Sea was before them, and there seemed no possible way of escape; yet the command was to "go forward." Probably thoughts of fear and doubt filled them; yet they had to make the effort to obey before actually seeing the way of escape. They had to trust God to open the way, to make it possible for them to take the forward step. When they did go forward, the waters divided and the dry way appeared.

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The Elder Brother
July 7, 1928

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