Although mankind seems to lack many things, divine Love is always present to care for our needs. Every man, woman, and child, in truth, is the offspring of God, Love. Each has ''a goodly heritage,'' n1 as the Psalmist proclaims. We all, then, have the potential to live a life of dignity, honor, and grace, because man is abundantly provided for by a loving Father-Mother who never abandons His creation or overlooks any needful thing.
n1 Psalms 16:6.
God ''daily loadeth us with benefits,'' n2 the Bible says. And Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, writes, ''To those leaning on the sustaining infinite, to-day is big with blessings.'' n3
n2 Psalms 68:19.
n3 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures; p. vii.
The way to see this good and to avail ourselves of it is through increasing our understanding of God. And we gain this understanding by listening for God's thoughts, His direction, in prayer; by living more and more in harmony with the goodness and love that characterize His nature. Such steps are essential to the lasting well-being of mankind.
God delights in each of us, because in truth we all express His good nature. It is natural for Him to care for us. And His provision is ample for all. God's resources can never be depleted. An infinite God knows no limitation. He never rations or withholds.
Irrespective of who we are, we are important to the Father. God plays no favorites. In the Christian Science textbook Mrs. Eddy explains, ''Love is impartial and universal in its adaptation and bestowals.'' n4
n4 Ibid, p. 13.
Our status and worth are not dependent on material conditions. God knows nothing of age, race, sex, nationality, or marital status. He does not classify us by education or earning power. He does not give more to some of His children and less to others. All are equal in His sight and equally blessed.
God sees us all as His whole, complete spiritual image. Our need is to come to see ourselves in the same light. Then we will be on the road to freedom from lack.
Christ Jesus clearly understood man's relationship to God and the infinite nature of the creator's love for man. His spiritual perception of being enabled him to feed great crowds with a few loaves and fishes, to provide for the widow of Nain, to help a disciple find money for taxes, and to care for a multitude of other human needs.
Whatever the need, Love is present to satisfy it. If we turn to God merely for material things, however, we will be disappointed. While God always provides for His creation, it is not His purpose, as universal Spirit, to make us more comfortable materially. If we cling to a material sense of health or well-being, we will never find permanent peace - though we can certainly expect a better experience, including improved health, as we more consistently worship the one God in thought and deed.
The demand is to shift our affections from matter to divine Spirit; to strive to express greater purity, love, and loyalty to God in all that we do. Then we will find that man is satisfied, and that he lacks nothing. We will find that there is no limit to the channels through which good can pour into our lives.
Understanding God's ever-presence, we will feel less alone. Discerning His infinite love, we will find it natural ourselves to love and to give to others. Knowing our true resources to be infinite, we won't fear running out of anything.
God is never too busy to care for us. It is His business to maintain His creation. He never grows old or disinterested. His love never wanes. Divine Love is eternal and sustains man forever. DAILY BIBLE VERSE Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? . . . for your heavenly Father knoweth thay 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