The Inward Voice

Sweet indeed is the voice within—spiritual sense—that points the way and leads into untrod paths where one gains a larger vision of God-given opportunities. When willfulness and human pride, self-depreciation and fear, yield to humility and meekness, holy intuitions become clear in human consciousness, just as they came to godly men and women of old. In the textbook of Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," Mrs. Eddy writes (p. 308), "The Soul-inspired patriarchs heard the voice of Truth, and talked with God as consciously as man talks with man."

Moses' experience presents an illustration of divine guidance and direction when the voice of Truth is heard and heeded. Spiritual intuition impelled him to take up his work of leading the children of Israel out of the hard and unjust conditions of human life imposed upon them by the Egyptians. Humbly did this patriarch acknowledge the omnipotence of God. Then came the practical proofs that gave to him the strength and courage to carry out his great mission. Because Moses listened to the inward voice and obeyed the holy intuitions that came to his listening ear, God gave to him positive proofs of the certainty of the call to his task, of the almightiness that was directing him, and also the assurance of the protecting power that was to sustain him in this work. Of Moses' experience, our Leader writes thus in Science and Health (p. 321): "God had lessened Moses' fear by this proof in divine Science, and the inward voice became to him the voice of God, which said: 'It shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.'" With what assurance and hope does the voice of Truth come to us today, speaking to the listening ear the same comforting message which also came to Moses: "My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest."

At a time when the great necessity of seeing clearly the true path of divine Science makes one more watchful and diligent than ever before in the protection of his mental home from conflicting human opinions, he feels a deeper sense of love and gratitude to our Leader for giving to us her priceless teaching of Christian Science, so marvelously guarded from adulteration by the Church Manual, which safeguards her work and so protects the obedient student. Faithful obedience to her teaching enables one to listen for and hear more clearly the inward voice—the voice of God leading and guiding him in the details of his daily life. Obedience and faithfulness constitute the prayerful mental attitude that enables one to hear and respond to the voice of God. This prayerful attitude is beautifully expressed in the words of a hymn:

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Our Work and Our Pay
June 8, 1935

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