Shlomo Ezagui

Powerful returns for your trust in God

The Bible tells us that Moses killed an Egyptian who was striking one of his brothers. The next day, Moses went out into the field, and “He saw (i.e., realized that Pharaoh wanted to kill him) and said, ‘Alas, the matter is known.’” The Bible says that Pharaoh actually did discover what Moses had done, and because of this, Moses fled Egypt.

It would have been enough to tell us that Pharaoh found out and wanted the life of Moses. Why does the verse need first to tell us (“He went out to the field and saw…”) what Moses was thinking at the time?

The Bible is teaching us a fundamental lesson in trusting God.

Had Moses fully trusted God that no evil would befall him for protecting his brother in need, the story would have unfolded differently. It is only because of the anxiety of Moses due to his inadequate trust in God, and, even more so, the fact that he expressed it in speech (“Alas, the matter is known”) that the dreadful event followed (“…and Pharaoh found out”).

It takes an immense effort to develop trust; real and absolute trust, the kind that brings tranquility, the kind that quells anxiety. A person tosses his parcel of worries on God, and it is no longer his anymore — it is God’s worry. The person knows that all his concerns are in capable hands. A person with absolute trust in God does not consider anymore what appears as impending hardships.

All good deeds generate positive consequences. This great endeavor of trust (in God) elicits a tremendous reaction and response from God. Therefore, whether the person is otherwise worthy or not, the reward for this act of faith and trust alone brings the most fantastic response from God. In all his glory, God comes through for the person trusting him.

In the same way, a person puts all his logical considerations of impending dangers and perhaps unworthiness aside in anticipation that God will never let him down; God, so to speak, also deals with the person in this same way (“God is your shadow”) and ignores and disregards any other considerations, whether the person deserves reward or punishment or any natural phenomena, and responds and behaves with the person in line with the persons trust in God.

In the story above, what made things worse for Moses was that not only did he fear Pharaoh, but he actually expressed this fear in speech. The same holds for the positive; when a person is not only internally strong in his faith but also demonstrates in action and expresses in speech this faith, he creates the most potent platform for God to act with him, with all of God’s faculties, in a perfect and infinite manner on behalf of this person — in a miraculous fashion.

The person must always do all that he can and all that he should do according to his abilities. Once he reaches his maximum capacity, he then turns to a higher power for things he cannot accomplish alone.

When we face obstacles in life, we must rely on absolute trust in God that our obstacles are only a test and that we can carry out whatever God puts in our way — this is the answer. The higher, more powerful force Whom we have then invited and acknowledged through our trust – will never let us down.

Chapter 12

About the Author
Rabbi Shlomo Ezagui is an author and lecturer. "A Spiritual Soul Book" ( & "Maimonides Advice for the 21st Century" ( In 1987, Rabbi Ezagui opened the first Chabad Center in Palm Beach County, Florida, and the first Orthodox Synagogue on the island of Palm Beach, Florida.
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