Faith, Understanding, Achievement

The prophet Isaiah wrote, "Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!" In the one hundred and forty-sixth Psalm we read, "Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help;" and, "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God."

Mary Baker Eddy said in a letter to a branch Church of Christ, Scientist (Miscellaneous Writings, pp. 152, 153), "Exercise more faith in God and His spiritual means and methods, than in man and his material ways and means, of establishing the Cause of Christian Science." This saying can be applied with equal helpfulness to those who today are seeking to establish the reign of righteousness, peace, and justice in the world. They need to have more "faith in God and His spiritual means and methods," and not to depend entirely or exclusively on "man and his material ways and means."

Temporary reverses, even though of an apparently serious nature, need not discourage those who are striving to stem the tide of materialistic aggression in its effort to dominate world affairs. The champions of freedom will not be disheartened if they see clearly that victory will finally be won if they rely more fully upon divine power than upon human effort and material means. Human footsteps are necessary, but they should be taken as the result of divine direction. On page 254 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" Mrs. Eddy says, "When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path."

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April 18, 1942

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