Lack has plagued mankind through the centuries. Not only shortage of basic material necessities -- food, shelter, clothing, employment -- but lack of companionship, lack of confidence, love, and joy. But the answer to privation of any kind is the spiritual fact of God's eternal provision for man. As a hymn expresses it: "Whatever He may guide me, No want shall turn me back; My Shepherd is beside me, And nothing can I lack." n1
n1 Christian Science Hymnal,m No. 148;
All through the Bible we find accounts of insufficiency overcome through turning to God for supply -- whether the need was for water in a desert, oil in a cruse, troops on a battlefield, or food to feed a multitude. In his Sermon on the Mount, Christ Jesus included this remarkable statement: "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." n2 What wonderful and practical financial advice! We can't get rich in spiritual-mindedness without having it echoed in our lives. We can't be rich in gratitude, joy, and good works and remain poor in other respects -- not if we understand the spiritual source of good.
n2 Matthew 6:33;
"God gives you His spiritual ideas," writes the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, "and in turn, they give you daily supplies." n3 Our basic income is the inspired ideas, spiritual ideas, continually pouring in from our Father-Mother Mind. What are these ideas? Mrs. Eddy says, for example, "To love one's neighbor as one's self, is a divine idea. . . ." n4 Such ideas are unlimited and practical and, when applied, sufficient to begin overturning poverty.
n3 Miscellaneous Writings,m p. 307;
n4 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures,m p. 88;