The Glory of Overcoming

After Jesus had resisted the devil three times in the wilderness, we are told in the fourth chapter of Matthew that "then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."

What joy Jesus must then have experienced! Human language can hardly describe the exaltation that comes when the peace of God, the divine presence, illumines consciousness after the tempter has fled. But the Christian Scientist who has been willing to relinquish his most cherished human hopes in humble submission to the divine will, who has made the supreme effort of turning away again and again from the devastating testimony of material sense to insist on the facts of true being, until out of the darkness and conflict has come an influx of light—such a one can understand, in some measure, the transcendent experience of Jesus and the hallowed bliss of spiritual overcoming.

February 26, 1944

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