"The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it." (Proverbs 10:22).
"God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;" (Acts 17: 24, 25).
"That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being;" (Acts 17: 27, 28 to ;).
"And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice." (I Kings 19: 11, 12).
"And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left." (Isaiah 30: 21).
Today's world is caught up in a whirlwind of political forces. Each individual on the planet experiences this environment, whether one tries to ignore it or not. So much of this turmoil is based in economics. Nations battle for oil and the money that flows with it. The stock market fluctuates, daily, on the perceived affluence of the economy, or lack thereof. Individuals struggle to keep finances in balance with all the demands made upon us.
Yet, all our reactions to worldly economics are rooted and grounded in our erroneous beliefs that materiality is our supply source. We believe that our place of employment, our circumstances, our individual provisions, are all 'out there' in the material environment—an environment produced by the chaos and competitions of the world. Spiritually speaking, however, we simply don't realize that our kingdom is not of this world.
To say that 'our kingdom is not of this world' isn't fanciful thinking. It's actually the Truth of all real existence, which, when mentally and spiritually tapped into, over-rides all appearances of the externalized world of form and circumstance. There is a spiritual reality, a kingdom, a realm, a dimension (however one wants to characterize it) that transcends all material phenomenon, even the seeming 'forces' of economics in the world.
The underlying, spiritual creation, or realm of God, is a mental place. It must be experienced in a spiritually mental way, before thought is able to transform, for the better, the material realm we seem to live in. This kingdom of God is a harmonious place, to say the least. One, infinite Intelligence creates and maintains all creation and does not argue with Itself. The divine Intelligence balances all things in Its forever creation, including all life, identities, and abundant provision for all. Each one has his and her own.
God's spiritual economy is perfect in balance. Supply always equals demand. Why? Because all identities are individual identities of the Creator—God Itself. God is in balance with all Its own identities. What is good for one is good for all. God does not divide Its infinite Self into competing entities. Each God-identity (image and likeness) is just as important as every other God-identity. We are all One in being, individualized. God doesn't compete with Itself in any way. Thus, when one identity calls out a 'need' for something, another identity comes forth to 'supply' that need.
In many ways, God's balanced economy is like a kaleidoscope. All pieces are together within the kaleidoscope. When one moves, they all move together, each to a new place. Each new pattern is in perfect form with every individual piece remaining and becoming a part of the new pattern.
For example, in God's perfectly harmonious economy, when a job assignment opens up, there is someone to fill it. Now, humanly, we don't easily find the match to our need, whether for a particular job location, or someone to hire for a job. That's because we're trying to find the job on our own, relying on our limited, material perception of things. (We don't know where the person or place is that fills our need.)
When, in recognition that our material sense of things (carnal mind) is insufficient, we then turn to God, our infinite Intelligence within. When we call forth our deeper, and superior, spiritual perception, our attention will be called to whomever or wherever we are to go to meet our need. Actually, what we're doing in that case is silencing our material mentality (carnal mind) and calling forth our Christ Mind or Christ Consciousness, which is omnipresent—the all-knowing, all-seeing Mind of God, of which we are at one.
In the material environment, there is no perfection of balance, so no true harmony can exist economically or any other way. But I'm not speaking of this chaotic, outward world of form; I'm speaking of the invisible kingdom of God, ever-present, yet undetected by material sense. We live in Spirit, however much we believe we do not. No vacuum exists in the spiritual realm; no person, place nor thing is ever hidden or absent from the divine Consciousness of which we are all a part.
Because humanity collectively believes that our bodies and minds are material, or of the flesh, it logically follows that we've been separated from God, Spirit, and must exist outside the Godhead. All our circumstances, including our economic circumstances, then seem beyond God's attention or control. In such a state, we seem to be disconnected from our spiritual Source; thus, we lack God's health, wealth, and eternal life force. But this is the false state of existence, perpetuated by reliance upon the five, physical sense for our perception of reality. Our innate spiritual sense denies these physical senses as truth-tellers. Spiritual intelligence states that material beliefs are not intelligent, at all.
From a human standpoint, it is truly hard to believe that anything is perfect. (That's still a work in progress for me, with each new challenge.) Yet, when in tribulation we return to our higher perception that Spirit, God, is all-in-all to us (despite all material appearances of lacks and disharmony) we find that God's economy, like every other divine thing, is still perfect in all aspects. It has to be in order to be ever-lasting.
I caught my first glimpse of God's perfect and eternal economy when I was eleven years old. It was 1954, and economic times were not as affluent as they've been in modern times. My parents had just built a modest new house, but struggled to make monthly payments from the outset. Good paying jobs were hard to come by, and my dad was a city bus driver in a very cold climate. He suffered from the cold, but he kept his job to put food on the table to feed a family of six.
Up until that time, I'd been completely dependant upon my dad for my provision and supply. We all were. Women did not work outside the home, without causing embarrassment to their husband; so, typically, my father refused to allow his wife to work. The TV show, Father Knows Best, was a role model for families. Unfortunately, this mythical role model had a father figure with infinite, human supply.
Because I was growing out of my clothes, at that time, I needed new clothes to wear to school. There was no money for them. One morning, I awoke to the fact that I had nothing to wear that fit me. (In those days, many kids wore only one or two outfits a week to school.)
I experienced my first bout with panic. What was I to do? Who would take care of me? I had no sisters, and I couldn't wear my brothers' clothes to school! I became really agitated within from these fearful thoughts.
Fortunately, my Sunday School training then came back to me: I remembered that God is always invisibly present to help us when we remember to turn to Him for whatever help we need (God was very male to me, in those days). So, I prayed to God, who I also knew as ever-present Spirit, to tell me what to do. Then, as I was taught, I waited and trusted an answer would come. I listened, within, for thoughts from God.
Within minutes, I felt a calm come over me. That "still small voice" that the Bible passage speaks of (see quotation, 4th down from top of article) began coming forward in my mind. It basically told me that I was never alone, nor ever left to other people for my supply of anything.
The mental 'voice' also told me that I was to release my earthly father from all responsibility for me. Instead, I was to realize that I have a heavenly Father who is always responsible for me. I was to let go of turning to any one in the world for my needs. I was to remember God, my true Father, who is the Creator of all, the mental voice within said. It also told me that God loved me, and all His children, and would never withhold good from any of them. The Creator takes care of everyone in creation, forever. God's children are never poor, but we each have to mentally see that fact in order to receive God's abundance 'in the world'.
Peace came over me as I heard those thoughts that I was to let go of anyone in the world and turn only to God for all my needs. I wasn't alone at all. I suddenly felt so loved. I then accepted and expected that my spiritual Father would never let me, or anyone, be in lack. Let go of the way things seem to be (the small voice had told me) and wait.
That evening, I received a call from a neighbor who wanted to offer me a job. She and her husband were trying to start a small business. If I would walk home with her six year old son from school each day, and stay with him an hour until she came home, she would pay me $5.00 every Friday. This was enormous! A pair of blue jeans cost $1.98 at the time, candy was mostly a penny or two, and a double-scoop ice cream cone was a nickel. On $5.00 a week, I could buy clothes for school and treat myself to things I never dreamed were possible!
I learned to save about half of what I made, each week. I tried to share it with my family, but my dad was rather tense about things like that. (One day I brought home a delicious loaf of bakery bread that cost 25 cents. The bread he bought for the family cost 9 cents a loaf, and he was furious with me for behaving like his bread wasn't good enough for me. So, I learned not to call attention to my job.) My dad was a good, hard-working person; but, in those days, men were under so much ego-stress to be sole providers.
I kept my job until I was fourteen, when we moved out of state. At our new location, I immediately found another part-time, after school job. From that day on, I worked all the way through college, with jobs that paid very well. I never tried to find these jobs on my own. I just went to the divine link within, and asked God to show me where I was supposed to go next. In those early years, employers often said to me, "You're just the one we've been looking for!" I could believe that, because I knew that God was the matchmaker, not me. I needed whoever needed me.
Economics isn't only about employment. I've learned that Spirit controls both the Source of what we need, and the human channel which Spirit uses to bring our heavenly provision down to earth. Sometimes, a job isn't that channel. Oftentimes, the Intelligence, Wisdom and Purpose of God presents another type of human channel to fill our needs, such as a person suddenly appearing to take some responsibility out of our hands, or sometimes the channel comes as an out-of-the-blue sum of money we didn't expect. Sometimes the channel is merely information someone brings to us that was needed to alter a human circumstance for the better. The main point is summed up best in a modern-day saying, "Let go, and let God." When we do, God's Perfect Economy comes into our experience, in ways we didn't even fathom.