The Truth about Adversity

There was once an individual who refused to be discouraged. One thing after another in his human affairs "went wrong," as the saying is; one disaster after another came upon him, apparently unjustly and through no fault of his own; but no matter what happened, he kept his poise. In fact, his manner of dealing with each seeming adversity was such that he actually succeeded in turning it into a blessing not only to himself, but to all with whom he was associated. He evidently had unshakable faith in the ultimate triumph of right, this Hebrew lad Joseph, of long ago, whom the compelling hand of Love took from feeding his father's sheep to make of him the greatest influence for good in what was at that time the most powerful kingdom in the world. No matter how acute the condition became, he evidently made no complaint. No matter how hopeless the situation might seem, his courage did not fail. He simply trusted God, and did the best he could.

It is a beautiful story, and vibrant with interest to the Christian Scientist today, for it illustrates how every adverse circumstance, if taken rightly, can be turned into a new opportunity to prove the truth of the Scriptural saying that "all things work together for good to them that love God." Did his brethren, inflamed with envy and jealousy, cast him into a pit in the wilderness? It all worked together for good, for he was presently sold to merchantmen and carried into Egypt, which brought him just that much nearer to the great work of his life. True, he was only a slave there, but that did not dishearten him. All things were still working together for good, and he quietly went about his business, doing the best he could. The sudden transition from his simple home in the land of Canaan to the house of Potiphar, the rich Egyptian, did not confuse him, nor rob him of his poise. He performed the duties required of him in his master's household, undisturbed by the fact that he was a captive in an alien land, and untouched by the gross materiality about him.

Meeting Goliath with Understanding
February 1, 1941

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