“Give us this day our daily bread” – Q&A #7

Give us this day our daily bread;
Give us grace for to-day; feed the famished affections;

Question: Does God give us only our spiritual needs, or does He also help us with our human needs?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy answers that question this way:

“Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need. It is not well to imagine that Jesus demonstrated the divine power to heal only for a select number or for a limited period of time, since to all mankind and in every hour, divine Love supplies all good.” (S&H 494:10-14)

If “divine Love supplies all good,” then we can trust that God will give us what is best for us
in any given situation. He is wiser than any human parent, or organization, or charity, or neighbor, though it is often through these avenues that our good will seem to appear.

The Bible is full of stories in which God has met the human need for food or other help. Can you think of any? Do you know the story of Elijah, who was fed by the ravens and the widow woman? Read about Elijah in I Kings, chapter 17. The 23rd Psalm is a beautiful prayer of
praise to ponder. It reads in part:

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: . . . Thou preparest a table before me in the
of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.”

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Three: The Lord’s Prayer”
Copyright 2005)

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