Faith is our most powerful resource. It enables your spirit to soar above and beyond the pains and difficulties of life below – The Rebbe
A writer who came to meet the Rebbe asked why so many people seemed to have difficulty believing in G-d.
“There may be doubts,” the Rebbe answered. “To question G-d, however, is the first indication that one believes in something. You must have some acceptance of G-d even to question Him.”
“But if they believe, why don’t they act on it?” the writer asked.
“They are afraid of their faith,” the Rebbe replied. “They fear the demands their faith might put upon them, that they might have to forego some of their comfort, or compromise some of their ideas. They fear changing their lives.”
What is faith and does everyone have it?
But we see that people inherently believe in something greater than themselves. This feeling is inside all of us; we only need to know how to access it. But how do we cultivate faith? Isn’t it something you either have or don’t?
We are all born with faith. It is neither acquired nor taught; it is our most natural state. A young child, for instance, just has natural faith.
But as the child grows older, he accepts less and less at face value. His faith becomes obscured by reason and he realizes that his faith has been constantly abused. After years of experiencing hypocrisy and being lied to, he learns to distrust his own inner beliefs.
We cannot allow our reason to drown out the inner voice that tells us what we know to be true with every fiber in our being. We must learn to cultivate our natural faith.
How do we cultivate true faith?
Is believing in G-d naïve?
For some, the first step in the search for faith might be to assure yourself that you are indeed ready to listen and grow, that you are willing to accept the responsibility of faith. The next step is dealing with your doubts concerning G-d’s existence.
Then we must allow our inner voice to speak. We know there is a G-d just as we know we have a soul — not because we can see or touch it, but because we can feel it. We feel the soul’s effects. We sense its hunger for meaning, its thirst for knowledge, and we feel satisfaction when we nourish it. We feel purpose and direction when we feel G-d in our lives; we feel there is meaning in everything we do.
For a moment, stop what you are doing. Let your mind be silent, and allow yourself to hear the small, still voice of G-d. When you set yourself free, you will realize that your faith is much closer to the surface than you had imagined.
In this climate of spiritual darkness, we all have the ability and responsibility to let our faith shine forth and then integrate it into our daily lives.
This is an excerpt from “Toward a Meaningful Life – The Wisdom of the Rebbe” by Rabbi Simon Jacobson.