Embrace the divine economy, see needs met
What are the elements that make up the world’s economy?
The macroeconomy and financial markets are made up of millions of individual decisions, creating commerce and the movement of assets. The world’s economy is the product of the collective consciousness of millions of individuals—and each individual’s human experience is shaped by how they view the world.
A view that one’s experience is random, or at the mercy of forces far beyond one’s control, can’t contribute to constructive outcomes. On the other hand, a consciousness that acknowledges the omnipotent power of God to consistently supply everyone’s basic needs, as well as opportunities to be productive and creative, helps bring that good into individual and collective experience.
Christ Jesus knew without a shadow of doubt that God is all-powerful, all-loving, and always willing and able to supply the needs of humanity. His teachings specifically counseled: “Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:31–33). Not only did he teach this, but he also demonstrated over and over again the value of trusting God to meet human needs, including feeding five thousand men plus women and children with only five loaves of bread and two small fishes—with considerable extra left over (see Matthew 14:15–21). He was not limited in any way by the meager material provisions before him, knowing that God’s provision is infinite.
A consciousness that acknowledges the power of God to supply everyone’s needs helps bring that good into individual and collective experience.
Mary Baker Eddy founded Christian Science on those very teachings and demonstrations of Jesus, which proved God, Love, to be a reliable source of all genuine good. She wrote: “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 494).
One of the most pernicious beliefs about macroeconomics is that there is a limit to the good that exists to be accessed. Yet in the book of James in the Bible we are told that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (1:17). This definitively names God as the impartial source of all good. But if one believes that good is limited, then one must believe in a God that is limited in power. On the contrary, Christian Science shows that God’s, Spirit’s, infinite nature actually encompasses the spiritual universe He created, which includes each of us. And the workings of the divine economy are ever active, precise, balanced, sufficient, and harmonious—and include purposefulness for all.
As we through prayer recognize and open our thought to God’s economy—the divine economy—we begin to experience it more fully. This doesn’t mean we are sure to go through life without occasional challenges regarding our finances. But it does provide a dependable mental framework within which to deal with such challenges, if or when they do occur, and to prevent them from becoming bigger problems.
This good, which freely flows to each one of us continually, comes to our consciousness when thought turns from a focus on material lack to a recognition of spiritual abundance. God is constantly supplying all right ideas and guidance for all, and even in times that appear to be quite bleak, we can turn wholeheartedly to God and affirm divine Love’s ever-presence and care; and we can expect to be led to answers that meet our needs.
God is constantly supplying right ideas and guidance for all, and we can expect to be led to answers that meet our needs.
Many times there are elements of thought we need to let go of—such as fear, pride, discouragement, willfulness, anger, and more—that would block us from being able to see God’s goodness. Sometimes answers may become evident in ways that necessitate adjustments in our lives, or that are very different from what we had in mind or had planned.
One analogy to God’s goodness and unlimited nature can be found in aerodynamics. For thousands of years man didn’t fly. Was it because the laws of physics that enable flight didn’t exist? No, of course the laws existed—they just needed to be realized, understood, accepted, and utilized. Once this was done, everyone could take advantage of the wonderful benefits of flight. The ideas and concepts were always there to bless. The good to be had was eternally present, available to all, and unlimited in amount. It could never be used up.
The discovery and subsequent use of aerodynamic concepts help illustrate that good is ever present and unlimited, and that we can see the evidence of such good in our lives when we acknowledge God as its source.
One of the times I experienced this was when I started graduate school. I was working full time during the day and attending school at night. When I began my studies, I thought I’d have enough money to pay for them, but about halfway through it became apparent that I would run out of money. One day I set out to apply for a student loan at every major bank in my city. (There were many then.) Each one told me they did not make such loans, and I remember dejectedly standing on a busy street corner in the financial district without a plan.
At that low point, I resolved to put my trust wholeheartedly in God. I mentally let go of any human plan and completely put my trust in spiritual precepts, acknowledging that His plan for me included no lack, and that right needs would be met. I mentally acknowledged God’s omnipotence and goodness, despite the bleak human picture. After a few moments of inspired prayer, an idea came to thought. Although the banking giants weren’t of help, perhaps my small hometown bank would make student loans. The next day I approached them, and sure enough, they were happy to help me. I rejoiced in God’s great love for mankind, which meets our human needs. Several years after graduation, I was grateful to pay off that entire loan well ahead of schedule.
The Bible is full of assurances of divine good. For instance: “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). This is a valuable reminder to never mentally limit the good that can come to us, nor constrict how, when, or where such good will be manifested.
In our individual experience, and as part of the greater world economy, we can acknowledge, understand, and make modest demonstrations of God’s omnipotent goodness and His complete control over the well-being of mankind. God is the source of all aspects of right activity, and the more we realize that, individually and collectively, and open our thought to God’s direction and ideas, the more we’ll see evidence of what could be perceived as God’s economy in our day-to-day lives. Nothing is beyond His almighty power to bless one and all.