The Way of Supply

[Original article in German]

The problem of supply is one which at the present time is foremost in the thought of many. But even though much has been written about it, mankind in general does not seem to progress beyond its fear of lack. On the contrary, so-called mortal mind appears to magnify it. The Holy Scriptures and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy give us reliable promises, and we should have no doubt that infinite divine Love is supplying every need, for this doubt would attempt to rob us of our heritage.

On page 494 of "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" our beloved Leader writes, "Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need." The Psalmist says, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved." Reassuring as are these two statements, many may say they hear the message, but lack the faith. And this lack of faith hinders the demonstration of supply. The Lord's Prayer with its spiritual interpretation (Science and Health, pp. 16, 17) shows the right way in this regard. The endeavor of mankind in general is to hoard earthly riches, regardless of the prayer, "Give us this day our daily bread." Men pray for "daily bread," yet their apprehensions for the future are sometimes even greater than for the present. In her spiritual interpretation of this clause, our Leader points for us the solution of supply through spiritual means. Thus she says, "Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections." Earnestly examining our thoughts and our environment, do we not everywhere see a great need that the affections of men shall be fed? Is there not everywhere an apparent lack of love—the heavenly bread? Do we yet understand that peace is sustained by love, and that strife, coupled with hatred and self-righteousness, robs us of the heavenly manna? All should know that because divine Love knows no famine, in reality there is no famine.

We learn in Christian Science that God is ever giving us abundantly of His spiritual ideas, and that through them we receive our daily supplies. This indicates that God, divine Love, is the source of supply. We should therefore understand and hold fast to the fact that God is our Father and we are His children. Can one conceive of a father who would neglect to supply his children's needs? On the other hand, the children also must have confidence; otherwise they cannot receive. To understand this is to be receptive to the spiritual ideas which give us supplies daily.

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