The Duties of the Heart
Gate Four: "On Trusting G-d"
Introduction, Part 2
Last time we cited just some of the advantages to learning to trust G-d's
judgment. We'll concentrate now on others. Again the key lies in our assuming
that G-d's decisions are always for the good -- whether we know it or not --
and in seeing that trusting G-d frees us up from many burdens.
Ibn Pakudah points out that if you're well-to-do or at least comfortable and
you trust G-d, you'd be free to give a lot of charity and to spend your money
for other holy purposes if you trusted in G-d. You'd see your wealth as a
temporary reserve G-d has entrusted you with. And you'd thank G-d for it all
the time as well as for the enviable role He'd placed you in, rather than
You wouldn't need to remind people of your wealth, or expect others to be
grateful or complimentary to you for your generosity. You'd never covet
anyone else's good fortune. And should you lose your money, you'd do it with
aplomb, knowing full well that G-d's decision was right then, too, and that
-- as you'd come to know all along -- your fortune was G-d's to give or take
On the other hand, if you're poor, you'd be free to consider poverty
something of a gift, simply because not having a lot of money exempts you
from many concerns that distract others from their pursuit of spiritual
One who trusts G-d enjoys the peace of mind and well being that comes from
not having to push himself to his physical and emotional limits; he doesn't
have to cow-tow to G-d's underlings; and he's satisfied with an easy-enough,
unglamorous profession that nonetheless allows him enough leisure time to
reflect upon things and to fulfill his spiritual obligations.
Such a person would have few professional cares. For even if his products
don't do well, or he can't recoup funds due him, or he becomes too ill to
work, he knows that G-d alone is in control of his circumstances, not he. He
knows as well that G-d is far, far better at deciding what's in his best
interests than he himself is. And he's at peace with everything -- even
things that go against his grain -- simply because he trusts that G-d would
only do what's best for him.
So at bottom, trusting G-d's judgments frees us from worldly cares, it allows
us the tranquility that comes from wanting less, and it fosters the sense of
security, assurity, and tranquility we all long for but try to find in
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