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Simplicity Of Faith


Fri­day. [Heb. 11:8, 11–16; Mark 9:33–41] The Sav­iour sets forth a child as a mod­el of faith and life. Sim­plic­i­ty of faith gives birth to sim­plic­i­ty of life; from both of these comes a mod­el moral sys­tem. Let philoso‐phizing in here, and it will make dis­or­der with­in; under the appear‐ance of bet­ter arrang­ing affairs, it will throw one’s entire life into dis‐order. Phi­los­o­phiz­ing always cries, “This is not so, that is not so; let me estab­lish every­thing in a new way; the old is worth­less, bor­ing.” But it has nev­er yet, in any place, ar‐ranged any­thing good; it only throws things into con­fu­sion. The mind should obey what is com‐manded by the Lord. True, the mind is called “the tsar in the head”; how‐ever, this tsar is not giv­en leg­isla­tive pow­er — only exec­u­tive pow­er. As soon as it starts mak­ing laws, it con‐structs it knows not what. Moral, re‐ligious, world­ly, and polit­i­cal orders are thrown into con­fu­sion, and ev‐erything goes upside down. It is a great mis­for­tune for soci­ety when the mind in it is giv­en free­dom to soar, with no restraint by Divine truth! This is God’s wrath. About it is said, hide thy­self a lit­tle for a mo‐ment, until the indig­na­tion pass a‐way (Isa­iah 26:20) Dur­ing this apo‐gee of men­tal self-wil­ful­ness it is best to wrap one­self in sim­plic­i­ty of faith. Just as dur­ing a storm it is bet‐ter to sit at home and not step out to fight self-assured­ly with it, so dur‐ing stormy self-mind­ed­ness it is bet‐ter not to step out into bat­tle with it, or to seize the weapon of philoso‐phizing, or resist it. Sim­plic­i­ty of faith is stronger than philosophiz‐ing; clothe your­self in it, like in ar‐mour, and you will withstand.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse