One of the main fears of mankind is that of insecurity. How to ensure health and gain sufficient supply to meet present and future needs is a leading question of the hour. Mankind has looked to the material body and to various human methods to sustain and produce health, and to bank accounts, salaries, or successful individuals for financial security. In many countries programs of both health and social security are being planned or are already in effect, their purpose being to provide means of giving the masses a reasonable sense of security against sickness and poverty. Benevolent though these plans may be, they can never give mankind true security, for this desirable state is a condition of divine Mind, God, and is not attainable through material means and methods, but through the understanding and demonstration of Mind's harmonious government of man.

In several instances in the Old Testament we find the pattern for both security and insecurity. The Israelites experienced security and prosperity when they were obedient to the law of the one God, and insecurity and want when they were disobedient and worshiped other gods. Therefore Joshua admonished his people (Josh. 24:15), "Choose you this day whom ye will serve."

The fruits of obedience and disobedience are clearly set forth in the twenty-eighth chapter of Deuteronomy and beautifully summarized in Jeremiah (17:5–8) where we read: "Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit."

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November 15, 1947

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