Can spiritual ideas really meet our daily needs?
The concept of daily needs being met through spiritual ideas is profound. But how can it be proved practical? For starters, a number of accounts in the Bible show what’s possible.
For example, the book of First Kings tells of the prophet Elijah having his need for food and drink met during a period of extended drought (see 17:2–16 ). It says: “The word of the Lord came unto him, saying, Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith …. So he went and did according unto the word of the Lord.” Ravens brought food to him, and he drank from a brook. And when the brook dried up because of the ongoing drought, God directed Elijah to go to Zarephath, where God had commanded a widow to feed him. Elijah listened for and followed these God-inspired thoughts, and not only was he taken care of, but so was the widow.
In the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer of Christian Science, there is a passage that is often referenced in meeting what appears to be lack of supply or income: “God gives you His spiritual ideas, and in turn, they give you daily supplies” (Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896, p. 307 ).
The truth of this statement was evident in the following experience. A woman contacted a Christian Science practitioner to pray for her regarding her consulting business. Her largest client for the past ten years had decided not to renew her services, which resulted in a loss of about half her annual income, and she was experiencing other income shortfalls as well. She felt somewhat baffled because she had worked extremely hard on the client’s behalf and had developed a close relationship with the organization’s primary executives over the years. All efforts to reestablish this substantial account were of no avail.
There’s no “meeting of the minds” because all reflect the same divine Mind.
The practitioner agreed to pray for the woman in order to bring to light a resolution to the apparent loss of income. They discussed the idea of there being only one Mind, God, which is reflected by all, and that she did not have to do anything manipulative to change the client’s mind. There did not have to be a “meeting of the minds” because all reflect the same divine Mind. The practitioner also suggested that she keep her thought open to new possibilities, to new opportunities to provide her services, and referred her to the above quotation about how God gives daily supplies.
At three o’clock in the morning, the thought came to the woman to contact a former client for whom she had not provided services for many years. She called this client later in the day, and to her delight, the client stated that she had just thought about contacting her to renew her services and had drawn up a contract for the consultant to sign. And this was an even larger contract than the one the consultant had lost.
Then the following day, another former client contacted her and asked for her services again. He even paid her in advance, and this met an immediate need for funds just prior to the Christmas holidays.
This demonstration of God’s love and care affirms the promise from God in the book of Isaiah, “It shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (65:24 ), and provides a dynamic example of inspired ideas leading to supply. The consultant was opening her thought to ideas about God’s care and goodness. She and the clients responded to inspired ideas, and each party’s needs were met.
Real income is in spiritual ideas constantly coming to consciousness from God.
Because man (a term that includes the true identity of each of us) is made in God’s, Spirit’s, image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26, 27 ), man is wholly spiritual. So, ideas from God, spiritual ideas, prompt us to acknowledge God’s goodness and allness and our true, whole, spiritual identity—and our daily needs are met. These spiritual ideas from God are flowing to our consciousness continually, and they can be discerned and acted upon. This is real income: the ideas that are constantly coming to consciousness from God, divine intelligence.
In another example, a professor’s wife contacted a practitioner to pray for her as she prayed for her husband regarding his pending loss of substantial income; one of his courses would probably be canceled because of low enrollment. After she and the practitioner prayed with the previously mentioned passage from Miscellaneous Writings, the idea came to the professor to offer the course online (a novel format at the time). Within a few days, more than two hundred students had enrolled; multiple sections had to be added and additional instructors employed (see “No shortage of good,” Sentinel, September 1, 2014.)
Christ Jesus tells us: “Your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him…. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself” (Matthew 6:8, 33, 34 ).
Our oneness with the Father, divine Love, God, is permanent and ever-active, and God’s intelligent care is always at hand. Ever-flowing ideas from God consistently lead us to what we need to do, and as we listen and follow, our daily needs are met. The statement from Miscellaneous Writings quoted earlier continues, “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.”