How I Used Truth - Lesson 5 - Annotation 5
Explain how God is the supply and the supplier for all creation.
5. As supply, God is the substance out of which every species of creation, including man, is created. This substance holds together all of the elements or divine ideas that are the spiritual patterns for the fulfillment of every species.
For us, as sons of God, Divine Mind, or the Fountainhead, provides all of the ideas that we may consciously lay hold of to mold substance, now and throughout eternity. God as supply is always available to us, but the portion of this supply that we receive depends upon our awareness, acceptance, and use of it.
As supplier, God is the creative law that stands ready to fulfill the supply needed by His creation. The principle of mathematics becomes a good illustration of this. We may say that the principle of mathematics stands "ready" to fulfill the needed answers of the mathematician. However, the student of mathematics must make a demand or call on the principle. So it is with us and with the rest of creation. There must be a demand in order that God, as supplier, may send forth the supply in the form of the ideas that make up His nature of Absolute Good.
God Himself is the urge back of every demand. It is the movement of God as the Holy Spirit seeking to express life, substance, intelligence, love, power and so forth that causes the demand on the part of creation. (See the Annotations for Lesson Five, Lessons in Truth, which cover the subject of "supply and demand.") This idea must be kept in mind when one is considering God as both supply and supplier. The demand, in a sense, "triggers" the supply that is awaiting the call into manifestation.
The words of Matt. 6:33, "Seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you," emphasize the working of the law of supply. The seeking is our demand; "his kingdom" is the supply in the form of divine ideas; "his righteousness" is God as supplier moving in divine order as law to bring forth "these things . . . added."
God, as the creative Word, says to each of us, "Let there be." Whether or not the law of God is given opportunity to initiate this action in our lives depends upon our understanding and response to God as supply and supplier. This response is possible only as we are convinced that we are worthy of God's good and entitled to it. The intellect, or thinking faculty, will play its part in bringing the first understanding of spiritual truths. However, we must transcend the limited activity of the intellect until we reach through prayer that place of understanding when we "know" (not merely know about) that God Himself is all supply, and that He is the supplier of good for all His creation.
"All that the Father has is yours, but you alone are responsible for the relationship of the Father's good in your life. Through conscious recognition of your oneness with the Father and His abundance you draw the living substance into visible supply" (Prosperity 68).
Just as God as the creative Word moves as the supplier of all the needs of creation, so our word of affirmation presents our demand on (or claim to) the supply for these needs. There are those who have been quite willing to recognize God as supply, but have somehow felt that they must struggle or labor to get hold of this supply. Some have thought that God has to be begged, entreated. When we know God as supplier as well as supply, we are better able to put ourselves into right relation with God, so that the supply comes forth at our word of affirmation. We no longer think of health, abundance, harmony, joy, success as whims of chance, but we know them to be the "fruit of the Spirit" (Gal. 5:22).
Preceding Entry: What is the Holy Spirit? What is the relation of the Holy Spirit to the Father, and to the Son, or the Christ?
Following Entry: What governs the "shape" of our supply? What sets the "time" and the "quantity" of it?