The Unique Answer to Discouragement

The story of Joseph is familiar to Bible readers—the jealousy of his brothers, his being sold into slavery, his meeting of obstacles and disappointments, his final status of power and influence, second only to the king—a situation he used to brilliantly good purpose. A salient point is this: he proved that no situation—no matter how devastating and bleak it seemed—was the final state of affairs, because he dealt with these situations as having abundant potential to prove spiritual truths of God or good. See Gen., Chaps. 37, 39-41;

Mary Baker Eddy, in her discovering and establishing of Christian Science and its church, faced and overcame formidable circumstances which those with less spiritual vision might have shrunk from. Surely, Joseph would have approved the deeply felt assurance she has given us in these times: "Remember, thou canst be brought into no condition, be it ever so severe, where Love has not been before thee and where its tender lesson is not awaiting thee. Therefore despair not nor murmur, for that which seeketh to save, to heal, and to deliver, will guide thee, if thou seekest this guidance." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, pp. 149-150;

You Can Be Strong
October 31, 1977

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