How I Used Truth - Lesson 8 - Annotation 9
What is the "Lord" that is to be trusted implicitly?
9. The "Lord" that each of us is to trust is God's own presence in us as the Christ, the Father within, the I AM, the law of our being. The Annotations for Lesson Twelve of Lessons in Truth refer to the "Lord" as the "spirit in man" (Job 32:8) or the Father within; or as Paul states, "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Col. 1:27).
The unfolding seed trusts only the pattern within itself for its growth and development. Our trust should be placed in our own indwelling Lord, or God Presence, if we would grow and develop to the place where we are manifesting our spiritual nature.
"In the Old Testament Jehovah, in the New Testament, Christ, is referred to as Lord. Jehovah and Christ both represent spiritual man. Lord then is another name for spiritual man" (Metaphysical Bible Dictionary, Addenda: page II).
The Lord in each of us (or as Lessons in Truth 12:36, refers to it, "your Lord") contains the image or plan of our life, with the detailed, step-by-step working out of that plan to bring forth the manifestation of spiritual man, the Lord or Christ indwelling. The Lord is also the creative power of God in each of us: it endows us with dominion and authority to proceed in an orderly way to bring our individual good into manifestation.
Because the Lord is the God Presence (or pattern of divinity) in us, it is also the law of our being. Lord is another name for the life principle in us, for it is the sum total of all of the God qualities -- love, wisdom, substance, power, peace, and so forth -- that make up our spiritual nature.
In this close relationship with the "Lord" in each of us, we recognize that this is the One who is to be trusted implicitly in every phase of our life. To think that any human being, or set of circumstances, could do all these things for us is to take our attention off God as the source of our good. If we attempt to divide our allegiance, we are not following the command of Jesus,
To "love the Lord thy God" means to give full attention to the Spirit of God within; to know this Spirit as the one source from which all good comes. Thus, to trust implicitly is to place our faith entirely in the indwelling Lord as the One "from whom all blessings flow."
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths
of righteousness for his name's sake.
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" (Psalms 23:1, 3, 6, A.V.).
Preceding Entry: Metaphysically, what is the "stone" that is so great which is rolled away?
Following Entry: What is peace? How is the consciousness of peace attained by the individual?