Trials as Proof of Progress

Mortals who lack an understanding of God as omnipresent sometimes complain that existence is composed of an unending series of trials and tribulations. From the depths of their discouragement they echo the words of Job, "I am not at ease, neither am I quiet, neither have I rest; but trouble cometh" (Am. Rev. Ver.). The Psalmist, however, in perfect confidence sang, "Try me, and know my thoughts," indicating his humble desire to have his thoughts purified in accordance with the law of progress. The difference here becomes apparent between two conditions which are sometimes considered as the same, but which are really quite unlike.

We read in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy (p. 66), "Trials are proofs of God's care." Trials, therefore, are to be used as opportunities whereby we may demonstrate the allness of God through overcoming every condition adverse to good. Progress comes through trials or tests rightly met, for all progress comes as a result of an improved state of consciousness which is manifested in our daily life in proportion as it becomes habitual to our thought.

On Going Modern
April 27, 1935

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