It is recorded in Matthew's Gospel that Jesus once called together his twelve disciples and commanded them to go forth among their countrymen to preach the gospel and heal the sick. He gave them many loving admonitions concerning their work and their preparation for it. He told them that they would be scourged, hated, persecuted, and brought before kings and governors. Then he said (Matt. 10:19, 20): "When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."

These words the Saviour spoke to his immediate disciples, it is true. But for us, his disciples of today, they are equally pertinent and important. How wonderfully comforting and inspiring it is to know that God, the Father, is ever present to guide and guard us, and that, if we will but trust Him, we shall have the wisdom, the courage, and the love with which to meet whatever situation confronts us. As we realize the oneness and allness of divine Mind, we shall know the right thing to say, the right thing to do, and the right way to do it.

We may think of Jesus' experience as very far removed from ours. "He could do anything," we may say. Yet Jesus stated (John 14: 10), "The Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." With us, too, this is so. It is God that "doeth the works," the Father who never fails, never temporizes, never blunders, never ceases to bestow all good upon His children. Our part is to acknowledge and prove His presence and power and to do His will.

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