Step Five: The Path, Only the Truth Has Power, and Wisdom is the Reward
In step four we saw that trusting the truth was the next step on the path of recognizing what living can be. We do not need to know all the truth in order to trust it, we are going to trust it anyway. In that trust, and in seeing the power it brings is found the seed of strength.
We begin each day eager to look for the truth. We make the search real by speaking aloud words of praise for a truth we don't know and can only hope to find. We do not need to understand the meaning of truth in order to find the working of it in our daily living.
It is a dangerous path to seek the truth for no lie can come near it. Foolish explorers cannot exist in its presence and it will destroy the evil or greedy heart. We must have help, but it will not come from other men. The seekers are too few and those who boast of knowledge are our enemies. They flatter and lie out of habit even when the truth would serve them better and they have no value. It is the universe itself that declares the glory of its making. The light of day shows the truth and at night the proofs are seen. The lesson has no voice or language, it is in the unseen forces that bind all matter together and in the joyous light that radiates from the stars.
We are creatures of energy and light and we are connected above by that light to all of creation. We are already in the House of Truth and it is to be feared above all else. Our enemies cannot folow on this path, for they are faithless and their lies are their undoing. The power of the light of truth is everywhere, just as every point in space is crossed by the light of every star, so it is that nothing can escape the power of truth. It alone makes the laws creating order and peace and to follow them is wisdom. Be afraid of what is sure, for by it we are warned as well as rewarded. We cannot see ourselves clearly, but the light will show us our faults.
We who trust in the truth will rejoice and shout for joy, for we are safe in in its defenses. It holds us safe though we are surrounded by the worst of men. The Truth is my Lord, my Rock, my Redeemer.
We were created to grow in the love of our maker that we call our God and Father. He does not begrudge the efforts of the creation to sustain our living and the pain of our growth. But there is a time for learning and a time for doing. We have been taking steps toward understanding the truth and getting to a place where we can not only see it, but live by it. So far we have (1) learned by example and logic, (2) taken responsibility for our ideals, (3) looked for a perfect ideal, (4) begun to trust it as truth, and (5) gone into the world and attempted to live on trust instead of logic. We can experience the joy and wonder of a creation that is beyond our explanations and worthy of our unending praise. Our path is in that real world and the next step, from psalms 6, 13 and 20, takes us there but it is a hard lesson and deals with sorrow and failure.
Step Six: Show Me Again, Trust, and Inspire Your Own
Lord, I'm so sorry. Don't be angry, I couldn't survive your displeasure. I want to do your work, but I have no direction. Come back and save me again, please. I will do all for You, I would die for You but what good could I do for You then?
How much longer must I wait?
How much further can I make it on my own? I don't have the strength to keep this up forever. My sorrow and my enemies are wearing me out. Please hear me, if I don't get help from you soon it will be the end of me and my tormentors will have won.
The Lord will hear you in the day of your trouble, the name of the truth of your fathers will defend you. He will send out help from his fortress and strengthen you with his power. The Lord remembers you and all you had to give up. He will give you what you need and you will become what you have helped others to be.
Go away all you tempters, the Lord has heard me, He knows my trouble and has heard my call. But wait. Look and see! I have trusted You. Glory and mercy, the trust is my salvation's door. The heavens are rejoicing for my success inspires more to come. We have seen how the Lord takes care of his own, how his strength passes over to us. Some trust in the inventions of men, but we will use the name of Truth and call it Lord, our God.
This sixth lesson is the hardest, it is the place of men in an imperfect world trying to get things done. We all have a version of reality that is based on what we have learned and what we call the truth. We may try to convince ourselves that we are still open and looking for the REAL TRUTH but in fact we are constantly being led astray. Within the purpose and action of trying to get things done we are drawn to those things that seem to work, and what seems best is that which works well. If men were pure and filled only with love for justice and mercy then we could trust one another and be assured the world was being made into a better place. But we cannot trust even ourselves, much less one another for our natural bodies betray us with selfish desires.
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