"Be of good courage"

"Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord" (Psalms 27:14). Thus writes the Psalmist. How often have the words comforted the distressed—those in sickness or sorrow; those in despair, suffering perhaps under the lash of persecution! How often have they brought consolation to struggling hearts! And this they have done even when those who have been blessed by them have had but little understanding of what waiting on the Lord really means. A measure of faith in God must have been present in their thought, faith in His goodness and love such as the Psalmist himself had: it was this that enabled them to benefit from the healing message. Wonderful trust in the Almighty runs through the Psalms. Verses such as these from the twentythird Psalm testify to it: "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want;" "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me" (Psalms 23:1, 4).

Faith in God is a great spiritual asset, promoting and sustaining courage. But faith can never take the place of spiritual understanding; that is, understanding of God and man, and of man's relationship to God, in inspiring this divine virtue. It is when men possess this knowledge of God and man that they can be said to "wait on the Lord." And how shall we with certainty gain this knowledge upon which so much depends? By turning to that which teaches it, namely, Christian Science, as it is elucidated in the Bible and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, its Discoverer and Founder, and especially in "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Christian Science reveals the truth that God is infinite good, perfect Mind or Spirit, and that man is His idea, image, or reflection. The relationship between God and man has ever been established, since man, as idea, has always been coexistent with Mind, his source. Nothing can alter, nothing can impair, nothing can interfere with this relationship. It is as changeless and indestructible as God Himself. And as we perceive the truth about man's relationship to God, we realize that it pertains to the spiritual selfhood of each and every one of us.

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January 13, 1940

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