Always Trusting without Wavering
(Hermitage On March 9th, 2016)
It rained last night – the pitter patter on the metal roof was too much to allow to “sleep through” – I was too happy for the sound of the rains – they are suppose to become perhaps freezing rain after midnight; but the frozen water in the morning should thaw quickly with the unseasonably higher temperatures, due to El Nino this year in the Pacific Ocean off South America. The weather is complicated – God knows what He has created for the good of humanity.
We are called, dear soul – called to trust always in the LORD without wavering.
Sometimes we must not trust — Abba Pambo asked Abba Anthony, ‘What ought I to do?’ and the old man (Abba Anthony of Egypt) said to him, ‘Do not trust in your own righteousness, do not worry about the past, but control your tongue and your stomach.’
All too often we trust in our selfish interests over the guidance of a spiritual father:
Abba Arsenius said, ‘Nine monks fell away after many labors and were obsessed with spiritual pride, for they put their trust in their own works and being deceived they did not give due heed to the commandment that says, “Ask your father and he will tell you.” ‘ (Deut. 32.7)
How many people even take the time to have a spiritual father – a spiritual director to help them through the tough times with Godly counsel?
Take this one to heart dear souls:
Abba Xanthias said, ‘The thief was on the cross and he was justified by a single word; and Judas who was counted in the number of the apostles lost all his labor in one single night and descended from heaven to hell. Therefore, let no-one boast of his good works, for all those who trust in themselves fall.’
We are always tempted to TRUST OUR SELF over others and God – God calls us to Trust Him and we are often guided by the LORD through Godly counsel – take heed therefore to the Word of the Lord often – for in Holy Scripture we have the Word of the LORD.
Remember the words of St. Benedict in the Rule, chapter 73?
“What page even sentence of the inspired Old and New Testaments is there that is not an excellent rule of life? What book of the holy Catholic fathers is there that does not point out the nearest way to come to our Creator? The Conferences of the fathers, their Institutes and Lives] the Rule of our father, Saint Basil these are instruments to help the monk, who follows them, to lead a good life; to us, idle and neglectful sinners, they are a reproach and shame.”
We would do well to remember this.
Too often there are those who proclaim this and do not spend even a small amount of time in the Holy Scriptures daily – they are too busy with selfish interests – and have little to no time for the Eternal Word of the LORD.
Abba Anthony the repentant sinner