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Supply and Demand
KATHERINE ENGLISH


         It is of the greatest importance to our welfare that we should clearly understand the true nature of supply and demand, since it often appears that many are the victims of poverty and distress through a failure of supply with which to meet the demand.

         A dictionary defines "supply" as "the amount available to meet the need;" while demand is "that which is claimed as due by right or authority;" also, as "the desire to possess, combined with ability to pay."

         We learn in Christian Science that man created in God's own image is never the victim of unjust economic laws, for he lives in obedience to God's spiritual law of abundant supply. God's creation depends upon Him for its maintenance, enlightenment, and joy, and all these He invariably supplies. Wherever the demand is, supply flows to meet it as naturally as, to human sense, fresh air comes in when a window is opened.

         What does the Lord our God, the Father and Mother of the universe, demand of us? In "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" (p. 183) Mary Baker Eddy plainly declares, "Divine Mind rightly demands man's entire obedience, affection, and strength;" and (p. 261), "Good demands of man every hour, in which to work out the problem of being." Then God demands our time, our thought, our love, for without love there can be no true obedience. This being what God's law claims of us, we can assuredly fulfill it, for the supply coexists with the demand; the amount available to meet the need is adequate. We may draw upon God for all the wisdom, patience, strength, and understanding we need wherewith to meet every demand, with complete confidence in our God-given ability to express these qualities, since our supply is infinite by reason of its inexhaustible source, the divine Mind.

         In the journey from material sense to the spiritual understanding of being, the counterfeit demands of matter press heavily upon the traveler. Demands of the world upon our time, trivial or otherwise; demands upon our income, our affections, our energies, all have to be considered and wisely dealt with. What is most in demand in our thought? What do we most desire to possess? What is demanded of us? To answer these important questions requires honest self-examination. Is the demand for material things or for spiritual ideas? Is it to love one's neighbor as oneself; to manifest patience, charity, compassion, and cheerfulness? These are divine ideas, and they shine through the human expression of them, lifting grateful thought to their spiritual source. Of these spiritual ideas the supply is unlimited and unfailing, no matter how great the demand may be. Love meets legitimate human demands, for as we are told in Science and Health (p. 442), "Christ, Truth, gives mortals temporary food and clothing until the material, transformed with the ideal, disappears, and man is clothed and fed spiritually."

         If we do not receive a sufficient supply of all we need, we must be asking amiss. Perhaps we are asking Spirit to supply matter. Spirit has no matter to give. But if we are asking for the understanding of Love and Truth, this is what we shall receive and not the stone of materiality, which has no nourishment in it. Spiritual supply invariably meets spiritual demand. Jesus stated the truth of supply and demand when he said, "Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." As this is done, the supply of intelligence, power, love, and opportunity which result in ample provision for every human need, will be manifested in experience.

         To obtain freedom from poverty or debt, we must understand and demonstrate the truth of supply. Long continuance in debt signifies that there is something wrong in the foundation of one's thinking. To be burdened with the belief in or fear of debt, whether as an individual or as an organization, is a condition of captivity to materiality. Some are taken prisoner through self-indulgence, by surrendering to the desire to accumulate property, to gain position or prestige. Others become entangled through carelessness in assuming financial obligations and indifference to the duty of discharging them, or seem to be driven into debt through fearing the possible lack of daily necessities. But when we begin to realize the love and intelligence which man reflects from God, there will arise a great demand for that spiritual substance which is supplied abundantly. As we avail ourselves of it in daily life, our earthly circumstances will gain in harmony accordingly. If we begin to pay our debt of honesty, courage, and faith, our financial indebtedness will be written off as the mental conditions which occasioned it are corrected. We can emerge from the debtor's prison by using Love's currency.

         Once the spiritual sense of plentiful supply is firmly established in consciousness, it can never be lost; and we shall always be able to demonstrate it. Why? Because we can always express any thought or idea which we truly know and understand. No circumstance can prevent our knowing that three plus three equals six. Wherever we may be we carry that idea with us in thought. Wherever we go, on the water, in the air — wherever we need it — there it is. Just so was Jesus' understanding of supply. All he needed was there when he needed it, as much as he desired to use or to give. Spiritual understanding is permanent and goes with us wherever we go. It provides for all our needs. Divine Love fills all space; it is always present to provide for each one; and each may partake of that abundance according to his understanding of substance and supply. "Whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have." Each one must part with his dependence on matter or mortal mind, on material possessions, on human intellect, on all that is not spiritual. In divine mercy the false must be taken away in order that the true sense of supply may be realized.

         The Bible relates that even when famine stalked through the land, those who turned to God in faith received abundant supply for themselves and their households. Time does not change that which is true, and faith may find its supply as certainly today as it did long ago, when we are obedient to the Master's reiterated command, "Ask, and it shall be given you." He knew and proved that the supply of all good is as infinite as Love itself.

 

"Supply and Demand" by Katherine English
Christian Science Sentinel, February 1, 1936
 

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