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A spiritual key to economic stability

From the November 2016 issue of The Christian Science Journal

Fluctuations in the economy, unexpected market turns, some professions becoming obsolete while others require new skills and resources—all of these present just part of the complicated picture of circumstances that today seem to underlie individual, national, and global uncertainty. 

But is there a secure source of supply, an inexhaustible resource to which we can turn that will never run out or become obsolete? Can we find today a secure foundation for life and happiness and continuing progress? 

Thankfully, the answer is a resounding yes! It comes from what might at first seem to be an unexpected source—the spiritual nature of man and his unbreakable relationship to God, who is revealed through the teachings of the Bible and Christian Science to be the source of all good. 

The Bible is full of reassurances of God’s tender love and all-encompassing care for His spiritual creation. “Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing,” the Psalmist says (Psalms 145:16). It is inherent in the nature of God, infinite Love, who is the creator and governor of all, to safely and wisely govern the activity of man, and, in so doing, to provide abundantly for the needs of His children. 

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, the textbook of Christian Science, by Mary Baker Eddy, declares, “Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God” (p. 507). The textbook further explains, “The divine Mind supports the sublimity, magnitude, and infinitude of spiritual creation” (p. 511). 

If God is indeed all-power, all-presence, and the basis of all Science or true knowledge, as Christian Science teaches, and if His perfection and excellence are reflected at all times by His creation, then neither God nor man could be touched or limited by economic downturns, fluctuations, past history, human opinions, material connections, or any of the myriad human factors that might seem to determine our economic success or failure. 

Christ Jesus came to teach and demonstrate these spiritual truths. And the Gospels are full of Jesus’ disregard of material so-called laws and his demonstration of God’s abundant care and provision for all of His children. 

Today, Christian Science enables us to understand and demonstrate the tender provision and care of God through the eternal Christ, understood to be the activity and presence of God, coming to bring salvation to mankind. In Rudimental Divine Science, Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer of this Science of Christianity, poses and then answers an important question: “How would you define Christian Science? 

“As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony” (p. 1). 

The Bible is full of reassurances of God’s tender love and care for His spiritual creation.

Since God is Spirit, and man is His image and likeness, the very substance of man’s being is Spirit, not matter. Man’s supply does not have its source in matter or material circumstances and therefore cannot be limited or circumscribed thereby. Instead, this supply has its source in God Himself and is maintained in its infinite fullness by the law of God. Therefore man’s supply could no more run out than God, who is the source of infinite spiritual substance, could be depleted.

Because God is infinite good, there can never be a lack of good. The appearance of lack is only a lack of understanding the spiritual truths that reveal this good as ever present and inexhaustible. 

The prophet Amos taught an important truth about famine—that it’s “not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord” (Amos 8:11). When there is a lack or need, understanding more about spiritual truth, then, will supply that need. 

Here’s an example: At one time I received unexpected news of a substantial drop in certain financial resources. This greatly disturbed me, and I found myself tossing and turning at night. 

One day shortly afterward, I felt a distinct change in my mouth. I looked in the mirror and saw that there had been sudden deterioration in my teeth and gums. It was not a pretty picture. I closed my mouth, determined not to look again until I had worked this out in Christian Science. I knew at once that my fear of the deterioration of my supply, or substance, was the source of this problem.

As I began to pray, I contemplated the spiritual truth that “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof” (Psalms 24:1). It occurred to me that if the earth is the Lord’s, then God must be the possessor of all true wealth—and that man possesses it only by reflection; he reflects all the good that is God, in the fulfillment of his holy purpose. As Science and Health tells us, man “is the compound idea of God, including all right ideas; … that which possesses no life, intelligence, nor creative power of his own, but reflects spiritually all that belongs to his Maker” (p. 475).

As I contemplated these profound spiritual truths, I realized that I had access to the same infinite wealth that day as I’d had before I received the news about the drop in my financial resources. In fact, I reasoned, I have just as much wealth today, through reflection, as I have ever had, and the source of this wealth is infinite, unchanging, eternal Love. The thought then came, “Why, nothing has changed!” 

During this time, while I did brush my teeth, I did not examine my teeth and mouth in the mirror. I was determined during the healing to be obedient to the teaching of the Bible and Christian Science, as explained in this passage from Science and Health: “… the Christian Scientist takes the best care of his body when he leaves it most out of his thought, and, like the Apostle Paul, is ‘willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord’ ” (p. 383). 

I postponed a previously scheduled dental cleaning appointment. When I felt certain of the unchanged nature of my spiritual substance, I rescheduled the cleaning. After my teeth were cleaned by a dental assistant, the dentist came in to examine my mouth. I listened carefully to hear what he would say after this examination. These were his exact words: “Nothing has changed!” And so it proved to be. The higher understanding of inexhaustible spiritual substance that has come from this healing has been the greatest blessing. Included in the provision my husband and I have experienced were funds from an unexpected source, which became available to us shortly after this healing.

Abundant resources could never be lacking to support right, God-directed activity and purpose. Answers and solutions to questions and concerns about supply always come from understanding more about our unbreakable relationship to God, more about God’s pure and eternal nature as unchanging good, divine Love. More about man’s spiritual, untainted individuality as the image and likeness of God, ever at one with the divine source of all being and happiness. As the Bible counsels: “Acquaint now thyself with him [God], and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (Job 22:21).

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