Spiritual Ideas Give Daily Supplies

One of the most helpful and far-reaching statements made by Mrs. Eddy on the subject of supply is found on page 307 of her book entitled "Miscellaneous Writings," where she says, "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies." This means nothing less than that God, Spirit, divine Mind, is the one and only source of supply. What is God's gift to man? Mind, Spirit, supplies spiritual ideas, which are freely available to anyone who is ready and willing to receive them. They are perfect and eternal, like their source, eternal Mind.

How do spiritual ideas give us daily supplies? Does God, Spirit, provide houses, food, and clothing, or other material things that seem useful and even necesary for mankind? He does not. It is unthinkable that God, infinite Spirit, could deal in perishable, material commodities, or even know them, since matter has no place in His perfect, spiritual universe. If matter were known to God, He would be responsible for all error, including decay and dissolution. But only the opposite of error is true. Therefore, God imparts only imperishable, indestructible, and everlastingly perfect ideas.

But, someone may say, this does not answer the question of how spiritual ideas bring supply of human necessities to men. Let us consider a hypothetical case. Two men desire professional employment. One has become well acquainted with the necessary qualifications, is efficient, unselfishly interested in the work, desires the good of his employer, has the qualities of courtesy, kindness, courage, alertness, loving consideration, joyful activity, loyalty, purity, intelligence, and steadfastness, all of which are spiritual in their origin and nature. The other applicant is not well qualified, is inefficient and self-seeking, desires only his own good, and expresses few, if any, of the above-mentioned spiritual qualities. Which one of these two men will most likely be chosen for the coveted position? Is it not obvious that the one expressing the desirable mental qualities, or spiritual ideas, should be accepted, and receive, in turn, his daily supplies?

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One Divine Dictator
March 30, 1935

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