Expectation versus Resignation

When we fully realize that there is but one God, and that one omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent, we must at the same time admit the existence of one supreme law which governs and controls man, the idea of God; for as our revered Leader, Mary Baker Eddy, expresses it in our textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 470), "Man is the expression of God's being."

To express anything involves action; and therefore "the expression of God's being" points, obviously, to the spiritual idea through which perfection is expressed. God is infinite perfection; consequently man, made in God's image and likeness, is perfect by reflection. The expression or manifestation of God is governed by divine law. In the light of logic it is as reasonable to expect perfection in the reflection, man, as it is in God, whom man reflects.

Why, then, is history replete with examples of resignation to so-called inevitable wrong, instead of joyous expectancy of good? In Exodus we read of Moses' leading the children of Israel out of Egypt. As they neared the Red Sea and Pharaoh's hosts were almost upon them, they became panic-stricken; and only by the exercise of his God-given ability was Moses able to keep them from resignation to evil. Moses' exhortation, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord," meant very clearly, Do not resign yourselves to defeat, but expect to be delivered!

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July 27, 1929

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