"Holy ground"

In the third chapter of Exodus we read of Moses' coming of Horeb, the mountain of God. We are told that while there an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of a bush, and"behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed." We are further told that Moses wanted to know why the bush was not consumed; and when God saw that he turned aside to see, He called unto him; and Moses was commanded, "Draw not nigh higher:... for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground."

Moses had a great task before him—that of leading the children of Israel out of bondage; and the command not to trespass on holy ground was needed. He had to know that the why and how of things must be left to God. He had to learn to trust God.

Often when faced with a seemingly difficult problem, we hinder demonstration by humanly speculating as to how, why, and when it is to be solved. We may ask: How is the desired condition to be brought about? What do we need to think in this case? We may say we are afraid we do not see what is needed—and so on; while all the time we need just to trust and love, and know the perfection of man. On page 259 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says: "The Christlike understanding of scientific being and divine healing includes a perfect Principle and idea,—perfect God and perfect man,—as the basis of thought and demonstration." Here we are told what we need to know, namely, God as perfect Principle, and man, the expression of God, as likewise perfect, complete, harmonious. There must know no turning aside and trespassing on this holy ground. We must know how to trust God, and how to leave the whys and the hows to Him. How often relief quickly comes when immediate help is needed! For then no time is given to turning aside to ask why or how; instead we leave all to God.

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True Selfhood
July 7, 1928

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