Everything is in the Hands of Heaven
except the fear of Heaven. The fear of Heaven is not what one feels,
but rather it is what one does.
While Heaven speaks to our hearts, in
the end, we must choose our actions. While Heaven arranges the outcome
of all circumstances, we must nonetheless contribute our part, by doing
the right things at the right times.
One who sits back and does nothing,
expecting Heaven to act, for them and instead of them, has cut off
Heavenís hands, and assists in thwarting the Divine Plan. All too many
have died waiting for Heaven to act; all too many have died while Heaven
waits for us to act.
Correct behavior is the right thing to
do. Therefore, correct behavior is called righteousness. Righteousness
is in our hands to perform. Heaven does not call one righteous unless
one acts with righteous deeds.
It is not enough to declare oneself
righteous because one performs rituals of service to Heaven. Heaven is
not impressed by our feeble attempts to please it. Heaven is impressed
when we act righteously, by doing the right things towards one another,
by behaving properly with our fellow human beings. By doing what is
right, in deed, not just in word, this is what Heaven smiles upon.
Some righteous actions require of one a
sacrifice. One must give of oneself, of oneís comfort, of oneís
energies in order to perform what might be a difficult although
necessary task. Righteousness does not question such self-sacrifice.
On the contrary, such giving is considered honorable and is performed
with great pride and desire.
True fear of Heaven is shown by what
one does, by the level of self-sacrifice that one makes. True fear of
Heaven recognizes the non-negotiable value of righteous deeds and shirks
not from performing the most uncomfortable and the most unpleasant of
Often the fear of our fellow man tempts
us to overrule our fear of Heaven. When this occurs, proper behavior is
not performed and immorality and evil run rampant. The weak proclaim
with a hollow voice their fear of Heaven, yet all the while, they do
nothing substantial to turn the tide in favor of righteousness. This is
not the fear of Heaven but rather the fear of men.
Heaven frowns upon manís fear of other
men, and indeed punishes such weakness by allowing the fear of others
and forces of evil to dominate. The weakness and hypocrisy of those
refusing to do what is necessary shall be their very undoing. Heaven
allows this to happen all because the fear of Heaven is perverted and
instead of righteous deeds being performed, all that is done is the
speaking of hollow words.
The hypocrite is
recognized as the one full of many words. The truly righteous is
recognized as the one who says little but does much.