"Wherefore criest thou unto me?"

Many inspiring lessons are to be learned from the story of Moses leading the children of Israel into the promised land, as given in the book of Exodus. The story, so helpful to the Christian Scientist in his journey heaven-ward, furnishes concrete proofs of the power of God to deliver one from the many obstacles to progress which material sense would place in the way.

In one of these related instances, the Israelites are found hemmed in between the Red Sea and the pursuing Egyptians. Human deliverance seemed impossible, but Moses cried out to God for help, and His answer to this cry rings down the centuries as one of the mightiest calls to action in history: "Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward."

This command became the watchword of one student in her efforts to surmount the many barriers which seemed continually to block her way, and she was privileged, figuratively, to see the Red Sea divide many times in her own experience, as each successive suggestion of obstruction was proved powerless to hinder the unfoldment of God's plan for her. The test of obedience seemed to lie in going forward even before the way was open to material sense; to step, as it were, into the very midst of the surging waves. Once this first step had been taken, however, that which had seemed insurmountable would begin to disappear and the way become clear and unobstructed. With a calm, strong faith and determination to go forward into what seems so formidable beforehand, one proves the illusive nature of all material sense testimony, and with such proof he loses his fear and learns in time to go steadily ahead in what he knows to be the straight line of duty. No other action is admissible for the sincere student; for the Scripture tells us, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

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"With authority and power"
February 13, 1943

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