Out of the Wilderness

Surely there are many who at some point in their experience feel defeated, frustrated, alone. They may not be as utterly downcast as was once that stalwart sentinel of God, Elijah. But they may take heart from the account of his flight Jezebel's wrath into the wilderness of Sinai.

Elijah's deepest discouragement had followed close on the heels of his greatest triumph. But now as he slept despairingly, an angel touched him and bade him eat. Twice he found bread prepared and water, and after partaking of them, traveled to "Horeb the mount of God."  I Kings 19:8; There he discerned the great truth that God, the all-powerful, was not in the destructive and devouring elements. Then came the still small voice which informed, instructed, comforted, and enabled him to return and anoint Jehu king over Israel.

The word "wilderness" appears frequently in the Bible and denoted an uninhabited area, often desert. Mrs. Eddy gives the following definition of "wilderness" in the Glossary of Science and Health: "Loneliness; doubt; darkness. Spontaneity of thought and idea; the vestibule in which a material sense of things disappears, and spiritual sense unfolds the great facts of existence." Science and Health, p. 597;

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"Know the truth"
December 2, 1967

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