For Whom Has the World Not Deceived
Written By: Elyse Hawkins
Grade: 11th Grade
Teacher: Fr. Timothy Hojnicki
Class: Catechism Level Vll
Issue: Set to Appear in the January Issue of the Newsletter
The Bible is inundated with the idea of trust all throughout it. Starting in the beginning with Genesis, God instructs Adam and Eve to trust in Him and not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil lest they eat from it and “die”. This theme continues to the very end, to where in Revelation it is said that we should trust that God is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End…” and that those who trust in Him will receive “of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
Many find it very hard to rely on God and put their trust in Him alone. We are given so many different objects that we are given to fill our lives with or even ‘trust’ in. Whether it be Hollywood, money, politics, celebrities, sports, and so many others that serve to fill our lives with clutter.
Now, before you say that you don’t know anyone who puts trust in those things, and you most certainly don’t, let us take a look at the definition of ‘trust’. Trust is the “reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing.” There is no doubt that many people put reliance in the political opinions of celebrities, the newest ideas sprouted by political figures, the stock market with all of their investments, or even their favorite basketball team.
How often do you put a similar trust in God? Look at what St. Paisios the Athonite says about this, “We must totally rely on God’s providence as this is the only way to be relieved of our anxiety and worries… To trust divine providence one must free himself from all worldly concerns and wait for God to look after him… He must overcome his love for money and trust in it and then rest all his hopes on God and he cannot do both at the same time.” Your car needing repairing, the lack of money in the bank account, or even future jobs and marriage partners. All of these things, both the small and the big, are things that you should put (and leave) in God’s hands.
The best example of this command is seen in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” This simple little verse is not as easy as it looks or sounds. It is hard for everyone to seemingly let go control of their lives and hand over to God something that He has already been holding the whole time. Us ‘handing over the reigns’ is merely us acknowledging that God is the One in control of our lives and that we are finally ready and willing to follow God along the path He has set for us. This is what He has been waiting for the whole time.
“Can you place your hope in the world? Whom has it not deceived? To whom has it not lied? It promises much, but gives very little. Only those who hope in the Lord, according to the words of the Prophet David, do not sin, i.e., they are not deceived in their hope!”
St. Anthony of Optina