Shortages? Not with God.
We all can prove the practicality of the law of Love—God’s provision of good in our lives.
I entered a building lobby and saw a message board that included these words: “Be kind; the whole world is short-staffed.” I immediately thought something like, “There are no shortages with God—every need is fully met.” And then I prayed about the apparent need for workers around the world, including close to home, in my own community. I prayerfully affirmed that humanity’s staffing requirements cannot go unmet, because God, divine Love, provides for all.
I’ve since prayed further about staffing conditions, acknowledging that divine Love’s provision of good can’t be hindered or depleted, but must be manifest because the divine law of Love is always in operation. The Discoverer of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, states, “. . . to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494).
The law of God dispels the material belief that there can be deficiencies of good.
I know of a man who was faced with some major responsibilities. He had taken on a significant leadership role and had much to accomplish. He knew he had some shortcomings, and it seemed obvious he wasn’t going to be able to meet the new demands without someone to help him. You could say he was short-staffed. Well, he had experienced God’s hand at work in his life, so it was not a surprise when God revealed someone to work by his side. The man’s name was Moses, and his partner in meeting the demands of his new job was Aaron, his brother.
God met Moses’ necessity for staff then, and He can meet staffing needs today. That biblical example points to a concept Mrs. Eddy identifies as “the deific law that supply invariably meets demand” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 45). This law of God dispels the material belief that there can be deficiencies of good. And that’s the divine law of Love in operation, now.
I had a great opportunity to prove God’s provision in meeting a staffing shortage when I was serving in the United States Navy. I was the senior chaplain on board a ship resembling a small aircraft carrier, designed to transport US Marines and equipment ashore. It had a crew of Sailors and Marines at the time totaling about a thousand. I normally had another chaplain working with me, but he had to detach early, and there was no replacement immediately available.
I remember walking on the pier to the ship in the early morning hours, looking up at its impressive structure and prayerfully claiming that I knew God was in charge, in control, and providing the support and abilities required of me to meet the needs of the crew. The responsibility was not mine, but God’s. I prayed in a similar way when the entire crew assembled each morning to receive any important messages for the day. It would have been easy to be intimidated by the sheer number of individuals at those meetings, but I had a sense of peace that God’s plan of provision for me and for the crew was in place and that I could expect to see it revealed. And I was grateful for my highly competent administrative staff, who helped make this uncertain time calm and settled.
I persisted in my prayers. Sometimes, shortages like this one can last for months, but it wasn’t very long before I received word that a chaplain could come and temporarily assist with ministry duties on board—just in time for an underway period at sea when another chaplain would be essential. I saw the evidence of divine Love’s provision, including the capacity to meet any ministry requirements that arose during this time.
Christ Jesus shows us another example of provision appearing when needed, when he found twelve who were willing to be his disciples. Yet, Jesus anticipated additional “staffing” demands and said to his disciples: “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Matthew 9:37, 38, New King James Version). And God did provide these laborers, for Jesus was able to appoint another seventy individuals to go out and minister in the “fields” of humanity that were ready for harvest—full of hearts eager to receive his message about God’s kingdom and His power at hand. Jesus knew, from the depth of his understanding, that “your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8, NKJV).
We all can prove the practicality of the divine law of Love—God’s provision of good in our lives. Doing so can include considering these words from Mrs. Eddy: “When error confronts you, withhold not the rebuke or the explanation which destroys error” (Science and Health, p. 452). The word error represents anything discordant—anything that is the opposite of good. So, if we are confronted by a shortage of something that is needed, we can prayerfully rebuke any limited, material picture with the spiritual fact that the divine law of Love includes the provision of good in every situation. This involves a spiritual conviction that each of us can have—today.
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