Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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…Yet one must take initiative and pursue natural means; For example, although a person’s end and length of their life are determined by the decree of the Creator, may He be exalted, [they] must still pursue the [necessary] means of subsistence — food and drink, clothing and shelter — in accordance with [their] needs, and not leave this to HaShem, saying, if HaShem has foreordained that I will live, He will preserve my soul within my body without food, all the days of my life, and I need not bother to seek a livelihood and endure the toil and exertion this entails.
For example, the owner of a field should plow it, clear it of thorns, sow it, and water it, if the water is available; and at the same time, rely on the Creator, may He be exalted, to make it fertile, protect it from disasters, increase its yield, and bless it. He should not leave untilled and unsown, relying on the Creator’s predetermined that it will bear fruit without him first sowing seed. In the same way, artisans, merchants, and labors must pursue their livelihood in their respective callings, while trusting HaShem that sustenance is in His power and under His control, the He guarantees it to a man and provides it to him by whatever means He pleases. One should not think that the [intermediate] cause can help of harm him at all.
Dedicated to Joe and April Janutka