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OUR NECESSARY AND SUFFICIENT BREAD

From the April 1950 issue of The Christian Science Journal


EXPERIENCE shows that to place full trust in mere human means of caring for present or future needs is not the highest wisdom. Such trust often proves misplaced and disappointing because it is based on the false assumption that matter is dependable substance, whereas matter is limited, undependable, and substanceless and human means of acquiring its temporal benefits are,at best, conditional and uncertain.

The highest wisdom is an active, understanding trust in infinite Spirit as able to care for every human need. Such a trust dispels material beliefs of limitation and lack with Love's ever-present spiritual law of sufficiency, immediacy, and dependability. Moses proved the ever-availability of needful supply when, God-directed, he struck drinking water from a rock with his rod. Likewise Elijah, in fulfillment of God's promise, was with two others fed by a handful of undiminishing meal for many days. Jesus, in proof of Spirit's boundless provision, obtained tax money from a fish's mouth and supplied in other ways the needs of many people. Such were the results of knowing Spirit to be the only true substance.

Today, as in Bible times, there are opportunities on every hand whereby to prove, practically and progressively, Love's bountiful care in the way Jesus proved it. To prove as he did, we must think as he thought, and we are guided in this by the Master's own words and acts. Christ Jesus taught his followers to rely continually on God, Spirit. He taught them to pray (Matt. 6:11), "Give us this day our daily bread." He also counseled (verse 34), "Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself." The expression "daily bread" is translated from the original Greek manuscript meaning "necessary" or "sufficient" food. As to the word bread, we have Jesus' own definition of it (John 6:33, 35): "The bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. ... I am the bread of life."

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