The Cause of Spiritual Stupidity

How is it that ye do not understand?

— St. Mark. 8:21

Distrust is atheism, and the barrier to all growth. Lord, we do not understand thee, because we do not trust thy Father—whole-hearted to us, as never yet was mother to her first-born! Full of care, as if God had none, we think this and that escapes his notice, or for this and that he does not think! While we who are evil would die to give our children bread to eat, we are not certain the only Good will give us anything of what we desire! The things of thy world so crowded our hearts, that there is no room in them for the things of thy heart, which would raise ours above all fear, and make us merry children in our Father’s house! Tomorrow makes today’s whole head sick, its whole heart faint. When we should be still, sleeping or dreaming, we are fretting about an hour that lies a half sun’s journey away! Not so doest thou, Lord! Thou doest the work of thy Father! But thou knowest it is difficult, things pressing upon every sense, to believe that the informing power of them is in the unseen; that out of it they come; that, where we can see no hand directing, a will, nearer than any hand, is moving them from within, causing them to fulfil his word!

Lord, help us to obey, to resist, to trust.