"An understanding heart"

At the beginning of Solomon's reign the Lord appeared unto him in Gibeon and said (I Kings 3:5), "Ask what I shall give thee." Solomon's answer (verse 9), "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people," showed his recognition of the ability he would need to be a wise and just king. And, according to the Scriptures, never was there so wise a king as Solomon.

His humble prayer, "Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart," takes on new meaning in the light of Christian Science, as do all things; even one's highest concept of human good is replaced with spiritual ideas. In Christian Science—the revelation of divine reality—we know not only that it is possible to discern true selfhood here and now, but that only "an understanding heart" can view man intact in his perfect state and see matter and mortal mind as false representatives of man and in reality nonexistent. "All is infinite Mind and its infinite manifestation, for God is All-in-all," is one of the ways in which Mary Baker Eddy states the scientific truth of the divine allness on page 468 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

Overcoming Circumstance
February 3, 1945

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