"How long halt ye between two opinions?"

The world today seems to be presenting a drama somewhat similar to that which was enacted in the days of the kingdom of Ahab, as told in I Kings. At that time there appeared a sense of limitation which took the form of a drought; and during a period of three years scarcity and want were evidenced. Ahab had allowed the worship of Baal, and the followers of this false god were in distress, so that they knew not if there were "grass to save the horses and mules alive." With courage and conviction Elijah, divinely directed, bade Ahab gather all Israel and the prophets of Baal unto Mount Carmel. There he spoke the memorable words, "How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him." In the trial which followed, the powerlessness of Baal was revealed in the failure to provide the fire to consume the bullock; but Elijah, calling upon God, said, "Let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel." The demonstration of God's power was made. Fire fell and consumed the sacrifice, and the people, seeing it, fell on their faces and said, "The Lord, he is the God; the Lord, he is the God."

Are we halting in our opinions today? Are we being mesmerized by the opinions of the many regarding a belief of limitation? Cannot we, too, know and prove the power of God to save? Let us learn, through Christian Science, how to call upon God, how to keep our consciousness in unity with eternal good. This is accomplished through prayer, the unceasing prayer of "the habitual struggle to be always good" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, by Mary Baker Eddy, p. 4). On the same page she says, "What we most need is the prayer of fervent desire for growth in grace, expressed in patience, meekness, love, and good deeds." Calling on God in this way we learn to express good in thought, word, and deed.

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