Divine Direction

Frequently teachers and practitioners of Christian Science are asked by pupils or patients for advice as to what they should do in certain circumstances. "What shall I do?" "What course shall I take?" "What shall be my decision?" are questions often propounded by those seeking help from Christian Science in the solution of their problems. If the teacher or practitioner is wise, he will generally avoid giving advice; for he will know that what the seeker needs to guide him rightly is not human opinion but divine direction. Mary Baker Eddy writes on page 254 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," "When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path."

However, it would be quite within the legitimate province of the practitioner or teacher to warn the inquirer against definitely discerned erroneous tendencies on his part, and to help him avoid well-known pitfalls with which error seeks to hinder the progress of students. The thing to be guarded against, then, is the temptation to substitute a mere human, fallible sense of wisdom for the divine and infallible wisdom of God. The need of the patient or student is to have his thought turned expectantly to divine Mind as the source of all true wisdom and real intelligence.

The privilege of the practitioner is to point out to patients that what they need in the solution of their problems is a demonstrable understanding of absolute, immutable Truth. And the practitioner needs to watch and pray for the clarity of vision which will enable him to answer in words of truth those who come to him.

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From the Clerk
March 25, 1939

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