Trust in God-Completely

One of the most loved pictures of Mrs. Eddy is probably the photograph of her standing on the balcony of Pleasant View, hands outstretched in a gesture of giving. A local photographer caught her in this characteristic attitude as she was speaking to ten thousand Christian Scientists who were visiting her in the summer of 1903. The message she was giving centered on the thought, "Trust in Truth, and have no other trusts." The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany, p. 171;

This great religious leader had learned to have complete trust in God, Truth. She had proved countless times through her long, eventful human experience that such trust is abundantly rewarded. Mrs. Eddy quoted in her brief address on this occasion a passage from Psalms: "Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday." Ps. 37:3-6;

The Bible tells how many good people trusted in God with marvelous consequences. But it also refers to individuals whose faith in Him was not complete, and whose lack of trust was ill-fated. One of these was a driver of the oxcart on which the ark of God was to be transported to Jerusalem in the time of David. The oxen stumbled and shook the ark, so Uzzah, one of the drivers, impulsively "put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it." II Sam. 6:6; According to the account, Uzzah instantly died. The Bible attributes his demise to "the anger of the Lord," since, according to the belief of the time, the ark was too holy to be so touched without harm following. But we might see in Uzzah's attempted steadying of the ark a spiritual lesson for today—the error of incomplete trust in God's ability to care for what is His.

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November 28, 1977

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