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How to Learn to Trust God in Everyday Life

How to Learn to Trust God in Everyday Life

25.01.2018
Tags: Religion, Christianity

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

Beloved in Christ, brothers and sisters, today we commemorate one of our fathers and teachers in Christ - St. Theodosius the Great, the general life of the chief. He was one of the wisest people of his time. He is the compiler of the first monastic monastic charter. The Monk Theodosius showed a worthy example of trust in God. So today I would like to talk about why we should trust God throughout our lives.

Faith, first of all, is a Christian virtue, it is the inner conviction of a person in the existence of God [1]. However, true faith is not only knowledge of God, but knowledge that influences a person's life. This is not only a recognition of the existence of God with your mind and not only trusting Him with your heart, but also harmonizing your will with the will of God.

It is such a faith that can become a faith, acting love, because true love is inconceivable without fidelity. Faith becomes the basis for all the thoughts and actions of man, and only this kind of faith is salvific. But this also presupposes inner labor over oneself, victory over one's passions, and the attainment of evangelical virtues.

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, may He exalt you in due time. Put all your worries on Him, for He cares for you (1 Pet. 5: 6-7). In these words, the apostle Peter says that a Christian who completely humble himself under the hand of God is prone to all the superfluous care for worldly goods and to put all hope in God's providence, according to the promise of Christ the Savior, that you also have hair on your head all numbered (Math 10: 30).

St. John Chrysostom wrote that if God knows everything and "that even your hair is numbered in him, then you should not be afraid" [2]. The Lord said this in order to show a comprehensive knowledge and knowledge about people.

In the work of salvation, a synthesis of faith and good works is necessary

The true example of trust in God in his life is the life of the Monk Theodosius the Great, whose memory we perform. One day before the feast of Christ's Resurrection, the disciples of the saint were grieved that they had nothing to eat for the feast-no bread, no butter, and nothing to eat, and most of all were saddened by the fact that they could not perform the Divine Liturgy on such a festive occasion, because there was neither prosecution nor wine for the service. They began to raise a murmur against the Reverend. The holy elder, having undoubted trust in God, ordered the brethren to decorate the divine altar and not to mourn. He taught that "He who had pervaded Israel in the wilderness in the wilderness, and after that has sated with small bread, many thousands of people will also seek for us: for He did not become weaker by force than before, nor did His jealousy in the industry over the world shrink, But He is the One and the same God for ever "[3].

Here we see an example of true trust in God. The Lord immediately visited the righteous man who was completely entrusted to Him. By the end of the day, a certain man came to the cave in which the saint and his disciples were struggling, carrying a variety of food for the desert fasters, besides there were proprophy and wine among the supplies for the performance of the Divine Sacraments. At the sight of such a miracle, the disciples of the blessed one rejoiced and learned what grace their old man had venerated from God. They celebrated the Passover in gaiety, and the food they brought was enough for the whole Pentecost [4].

Thus the Monk Theodosius fulfilled the words written by King Solomon: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your mind. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths (Prov .3: 5-6).

However, one must remember that in the work of salvation, a synthesis of faith and good deeds is necessary. St. John Chrysostom said: "I beseech you, we will make great efforts to stay firm in the true faith and lead a virtuous life" [5], remembering the words of the apostle James that faith, if it has no deeds, is dead in itself (James 2: 17). For if we do not unite with worthy and virtuous life with faith, then our faith will be vain.

Beloved brothers and sisters! How can we learn to trust God in our daily lives? We often say: "everything is in the hands of God," but are we ready to put our lives completely in the hands of God?

Every day, we say a few times the prayer that our Lord Jesus Christ commanded us. This is the prayer "Our Father". In one of her petitions we say: Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6: 10). This petition puts us before a real test: to trust God or reject Him and rely only on our own strength. And if we decide to rely entirely on God, then we must take advantage of the invaluable patristic experience that will help us achieve such a virtue.

The Monk Paisius of the Holy Trinity instructed his spiritual children in these words: "A man who, leaving his plans completely entrusted to the Lord, lives according to God's plan. As far as a person clings to his self, he is so thrown back. He does not progress spiritually because he interferes with Divine mercy. For success, you need to trust God without reserve "[6]. Thus it turns out: if you want to live by the will of God, you need to trust your Creator.

If we had at least five minutes a day to devote a detailed survey of our lives, we would have noticed how God is wise and caring about all of its circumstances

Believing ourselves in the hands of God, we need to understand that if something does not happen the way you want and want, accept it with gratitude. But this is not as easy as it seems. Paisius of the Holy One speaks of many temptations that will occur in the path of everyone who decides to live in trusting God. "But let him not be afraid of this, for if he conquers the temptations that be upon him, with much effort, and keeps his mind, not allowing him to weaken the thoughts that are born in his heart, he will at once conquer all passions" [7], " Paisiy.

Our life must stand on the solid rock of hope for the will of God. "When hope is established in God," writes Archimandrite Ephraim (Moraitis), "that foundation is laid on a rock, and if the winds blow and the rivers flood, they will not overthrow us" [8].

Everything seems so easy and simple when we talk about it, but as soon as it starts to practice, everything becomes incredibly difficult. It is at this moment that we must realize: the hope of the will of God is a gift from God, which is presented to everyone as a fruit of prayer. Therefore, we must begin to pray to the Lord that He strengthen our faith.

Also, in the increase of hope for the Providence of God, observations of the events of our life can help us. In the transience of our world, in the hang of social networks and the Internet, we lose much of our sight, we do not notice much in our lives. But if we had at least five minutes a day to devote a detailed survey of our lives, we would have noticed how God's wisdom and solicitude satisfied all of its circumstances.

So, dear brothers and sisters, we will be able to learn to rely on the will of God at every moment of our earthly life, especially during periods of "devotion to God". Let us remember firmly that the Lord is always there, we need only trust Him with all our heart and soul.

We will try to make the words of Christ: Oh, a faithless and depraved generation! How long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? (Matthew 17: 14-23) have never been turned towards us. Amen.


[1] About faith and disbelief // URL: // https://azbyka.ru/vera (date of circulation: 12 January 2018 year).

[2] John Chrysostom, sv. Conversations on the Gospel of Matthew. Mt. 20: 1-16.

[3] Dmitry Rostov, St. Lives of the saints on the exposition of the prelate Dmitry, Metropolitan of Rostov. The month of January. Publishing house pr. Maxim the Confessor, Barnaul, 2003-2004. S. 174.

[4] Ibid.

[5] John Chrysostom, sv. Conversations on the Gospel of Matthew. Mt. 20: 1-16.

[6] Alphabet of the spiritual elder Paisius the Svyatogorets. Selected advice and instructions. - M .: Publishing house "Holy Mountain", 2011. S. 99.

[7] There also S. 100.

[8] Ephraim of the Holy Trinity, archimandrite. Father's advice. Publishing house of the Saratov Diocese, 2006. S. 157.

Nikolay Alexandrov, Student of the 3 course
Sretensky Theological Seminary
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