GOOD: "A CONTINUAL ALLOWANCE"

"And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life" (II Kings 25:30). This verse, which concludes the story of Jehoiachin and his imprisonment in Babylon, was of much interest to a student of Christian Science as she pondered it in the light of the teachings of Christian Science. She thought: "How wonderful! To have a continual allowance, enough for every day and for all days! But what kind of allowance would satisfy every need and be a continual one? And what king would give such an allowance?" The answers to these questions came in the following words of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, from "Miscellaneous Writings" (p. 307): "God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies. Never ask for to-morrow: it is enough that divine Love is an ever-present help; and if you wait, never doubting, you will have all you need every moment."

The student began to realize that God's giving is continual and abundant, since God's eternality is coincident with His goodness. He is indeed "the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy" (I Tim. 6:17). He is divine Love, who ever maintains His image and likeness, or reflection, man, in his perfect state. As each individual becomes increasingly aware of man's relationship to God—the relationship of offspring to Parent, of idea to Mind, which Jesus revealed as the only true status of man—he finds this relationship a present and indestructible fact. He accepts the outpouring of good in his experience—his "continual allowance" —as the normal expression of the Father's love and care for His own.

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