Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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Trusting in HaShem — in regard to what he promised the righteous concerning reward in this world and the next for their devotion, that he will grant it to those who deserve it, and also punish those who deserve it — is incumbent upon the believer. Trusting in HaShem in this matter is essential to perfect faith in HaShem, as it is written: “He believed in HaShem, and He counted it to him as righteousness” (Bereishit 15:6); “Had I not trusted that I would behold the goodness of HaShem in the land of life…” (Tehillim 27:13).
A person should not rely on his good conduct and confidently assure himself that he will be rewarded for it, here and hereafter. Rather, he should be active and vigorous in showing gratitude for the Creator’s favors continually bestowed upon him, but not out of hope for future reward that will be due him for his actions. In this regard he should trust in HaShem, after doing his best to repay the debt of gratitude he owes Creator for His great kindness toward him. As our Masters, of blessed memory, said: “Be not like servants who serve the master on condition of receiving a reward, but be like servants who serve the master not on condition of receiving a reward; and let the fear of Heaven be upon you” (Avot 1:3).
Dedicated to Kevin W Bruce