"The eternal God is thy refuge"

A short time before the children of Israel crossed Jordan into the promised land, while they were resting near Mount Nebo, Moses, at the conclusion of his song of God's mercies and guidance, instructed them to obey "all the words of this law." Then in his last blessing of the twelve tribes were included the words, "The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms."

This assurance of divine protection, made centuries ago, has been a source of comfort to many a world-weary searcher for a better and more spiritual concept of existence. It imparts a sense of peace and permanence, of God's boundless power and love for His children.

A student of Christian Science seeking to gain more understanding of the omnipresence of divine Love and of its power to save and heal, found his thought dwelling on this beautiful passage. He knew that to find refuge in God means to find safety and happiness, but the way to arrive at this desired end was clouded by doubts and fears. A review of the life of Moses revealed the fact that one finds refuge in God only when he understands and obeys God. Moses surely proved that doubt and fear are dream shadows which attempt to hide man's at-one-ment with the divine. He had to wrestle with various forms of false belief, yet his fidelity to God and his moral courage enabled him to prove the testimony of the senses to be false. Thus the student gained increased confidence and saw that he also must let go his human sense of person and power and become obedient to the one eternal God.

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Not Grasshoppers
February 7, 1942

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