The Duties of the Heart
Gate Four: "On Trusting G-d"
Chapter 5 - Part 2
Let's continue seeing where we stand on the "trust in G-d" continuum from the
People who truly trust G-d only busy themselves with day-to-day things that
nourish their souls, and make sure not to get bogged down in things that draw
them away from their search for spiritual excellence. But those who don't trust
G-d, trust in their careers and in everyday things instead and depend on
them. So they can't detach themselves from any of it and lose all perspective.
Sixth, those who trust G-d are loved by others, and "people feel safe around
them", as Ibn Pakudah puts it. That's because those others sense that the
people who trust G-d wouldn't hurt them and would never take advantage of them or
compete with them, because they're satisfied with their lot. Those who don't
trust G-d, on the other hand, always covet what others are and have, they
always blame others if they themselves don't get what they want or if things go
wrong. So they're often despised, spoken against, even cursed and hated.
And seventh, those who trust G-d don't grow despondent when they don't get
what they want, they don't hoard things, and they don't concentrate all that
much on the next day. For they trust that G-d will provide for them their whole
live's long. Any anxieties they would have would be rooted in the fear that
they had somehow failed to serve G-d well enough, or to have repaid Him for all
the good. For they know how short life is and how little time we have to do
just those sorts of things. Those who don't trust G-d, on the other hand, are
often sad and anxious because they often don't have what they want. They also
often spend a lot of time accumulating or dreaming about things in the mistaken
idea that their life will never end. And they thus have no time to grow in
their spirits. And if they were ever asked when they'd start catching sight of
eternity, they would tend to say, "someday -- when I have enough ..." as they
list this, that, and the other thing.
Take these insights to heart, catch sight of yourself in the depictions we've
offered, and you couldn't help but know how much *you* trust G-d.
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