What is Our Business?

In the one hundred and seventh psalm we read: "They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep. ... He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven." There seem to be many kinds of material business, some bringing happiness and success, others bringing discouragement and failure. Do not the Psalmist's words show, however, that this "business in great waters" enables one to see His wonders?

Webster defines "business" in part as "regular occupation; work." On page 507 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "Water symbolizes the elements of Mind." Does it not follow, then, that the expressing of the qualities—the elements—of divine Mind in right thinking is the essential, indispensable, and highly important occupation? Right thinking alone enables us to be-hold the wonders of God.

It is helpful to study the four Gospels, for therein we find recorded the words and works of Christ Jesus, his words revealing the foundation of liberty, and his works showing us the way out of the darkness of material belief into the light of spiritual understanding. We read in the second chapter of Luke that, according to custom, Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem each year for the feast of the passover. Once on their return journey they discovered that the child Jesus was missing. They returned to Jerusalem and found him in the temple in the midst of learned men, "both hearing them, and asking them questions;" and we read that all "were astonished at his understanding and answers." When he was asked by his mother why he had remained behind and caused Joseph and her concern, this lad of twelve gave the remarkable answer, "Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

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Divine Principle
November 16, 1929

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