Overcoming Goliaths

What a wonderful story is that of David in his contest with the Philistine giant, Goliath of Gath! How we always admired David's courage in facing the enemy, who was armed with the material weapons deemed necessary for warfare, while the shepherd boy had only a sling and a few stones; but he had something besides these far greater and more powerful, unseen by the material senses—even a wonderful trust in God. David's courage being sustained by this trust, God delivered him out of the paw of the lion and of the bear, when they came seeking to destroy his sheep. And he never doubted God's power to deliver him out of the hand of this vain boaster of material strength.

The story means much to the earnest student of Christian Science who looks deeper than the surface. He knows that there is in it some lesson for him, some truth needing earnest seeking, which when found will help him in his daily battle against error. Through the illuminating teaching of Christian Science we learn that "metaphysics resolves things into thoughts, and exchanges the objects of sense for the ideas of Soul" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 269). So, we see that the great champion of the Philistine army, the vain Goliath, boasting of his own power and strength, typifies the universal belief in evil as powerful and able to make men suffer; but thought clad in the "whole armour of God" is invincible. On page 380 of Science and Health we read, "Truth is always the victor."

September 29, 1928

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