Judaism: Trust G-d

Are you needy? Never satisfied with what you’ve got? Dragged down by the constant advertising telling you what you ‘need’ and don’t have? If material satisfaction was the answer to all of humanity’s problems then surely by now, especially in the rich West, we should all be happy, content and spreading that wealth abroad to let others join us in our deep materialist satisfaction of human problem solving. But palpably this is not true.. and even if the theoretical elements were true, how would you ever know you’ve arrived? Just how much material gain IS satisfaction? So headlong in a fruitless and anxiety driven rush we lurch for the elixir of human striving, and in the process enslave countless millions to produce ‘things’ to satiate our lust for consumption. The Torah, in the sections detailing our walking in the wilderness, speaks to precisely this delusional hope in mankind. As we enter that wilderness the complaining starts; true, we didn’t want cars or TVs, just food (which might be understandable given the circumstances), yet the abundance of ‘blessing’ that the Lord gives in response to our whining illustrates an important point: He meets OUR perceived needs here, not what the true needs are.
This is precisely the human problem: we always want more. Greed, selfishness and personal gain at the expense of others drives us, our societies and cultures. As has often been commented upon, it lies at the very root of the system of Capitalism, and as the absolutely necessary philanthropic gloves come off, what is laid bare is ugly and crass. OUR needs, not what we truly need, sits at the heart of human discontentment. Instead of trusting G-d to provide, which is the basic Creational model set in motion at the beginning, we strive to provide what we feel we ‘need’, is our ‘right’ to have, possess and own. At whatever cost.
In Judaism we are taught to expect HIS provision every day, for what our daily needs truly are. He can be trusted and is faithful. That lesson we learnt in the wilderness and would be needed later as we experienced the fruit of our own labours in the Land: even what you have which is yours (or seems to be) is actually from HIM. IN this light we understand the prayer taught by Mashiach Yeshua ‘Give us this day our daily bread’. That is actually all we need.

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