"An understanding heart"

When Solomon heard God speaking to him in a dream by night, "Ask what I shall give thee," his request was, "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad." Who would not echo Solomon's entreaty in these days of distress and frustration, when the very foundations of human experience are being shaken and it is clear that nothing material can be relied upon? We cannot "discern between good and bad" from the evidence before the material senses.

Mortals are generally inclined to judge all problems from their own personal point of view, which must be limited and unreliable. How often have we, in our own experience, been tempted to believe that circumstances were going against us, that disaster was knocking at our door! But in the course of time we have seen that the experience feared, has proved to be a blessing in disguise, and we have thanked God for the benefit received.

If, during a time of trial, we have sufficient faith and understanding, we shall know that the experience can only serve to lift us higher, and shall thank God for the blessing He has in store for us. However dark the way may seem, we must know that "God is working His purpose out" for all mankind far beyond our human comprehension.

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July 29, 1944

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