the Simplicity of Faith
“And H’Shem, He it is that doth go before thee; He will be with thee, He will not fail thee, neither forsake thee; fear not, neither be dismayed.”
– Deuteronomy 31:8, JPS 1917 Tanach
Moshe encouraged Joshua and the people, for they were about to cross into the Promised Land. He told them that H’Shem would go before them; so they should not fear, for He would be with them. To have emunah (faith), in this respect, is to trust that H’Shem would strengthen them, so that a dependence on Him could be fostered, rather than relying on their own strength. In this way, their enemies would be defeated – through H’Shem.
The same is true today, that H’Shem would like us to return to the simplicity of emunah, by looking towards Him in all things (Proverbs 3:6-8). For He will lead us forward through the nisyanos (challenges) of our lives. When we are in a quandry, not able to see the light, there is a narrow path through which we may return to Him; thereby, stepping out of the existential mire that has accumulated in our lives, because of our own negligence and aveiros (transgressions). Whereof teshuvah is the means that allows us to seek Him again, when we have made the wrong choices in the past, having turned away from the Torah given at Sinai.
“Turn Thou us unto Thee, O L-RD, and we shall be turned; Renew our days as of old.”
– Lamentations 5:21, JPS 1917 Tanach