The Bible, greatest and most searching of all histories, discoursing on the spiritual and human evolutions of mankind, recognizes the power of valor. It places on record the valor which displays great physical courage, but always it brings home the lesson that mortal valor is broken and flees when confronted with the valor inspired of God. Thus did the prophets of the Old Testament seek to inspire their people with the consciousness that in the measure of their faith in divine power and direction would their enemies be conquered. The Old Testament describes many campaigns, but victory was assured only when the name of the Lord was on the lips and in the hearts of those who fought. So clearly did the Psalmist recognize this that he ascribed wholly to God, not to the people, the glory of victory. Thus we read, "The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly."

As men recognize that the valor which conquers is not of sense, but of Soul, they are aware that it is expressed not only in great crises, but in the daily faithful stand, seen or unseen, taken on behalf of Principle. The valor of Christ Jesus was evidenced in every fearless, dynamic statement he made; in every healing he performed, blazoning forth the futility of the carnal mind, which sought to ridicule and frustrate him; in every step bringing him nearer to the final violent assault upon his human life.

There are none who do not require valor in our day, none who will not find it, whatever the human dilemma, if they seek it in Soul. An article entitled, "Sunday Services on July Fourth," on page 176 of "Miscellaneous Writings" by Mary Baker Eddy, opens with this statement: "The great theme so deeply and solemnly expounded by the preacher, has been exemplified in all ages, but chiefly in the great crises of nations or of the human race. It is then that supreme devotion to Principle has especially been called for and manifested. It is then that we learn a little more of the nothingness of evil, and more of the divine energies of good, and strive valiantly for the liberty of the sons of God." In this hour of the world's universal call to rally on the side of freedom, of justice, and of mercy, how essential that men understand that the victory lies in learning "a little more of the nothingness of evil, and more of the divine energies of good"!

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