Studying Sha’ar HaBitachon, Rabbeinu Bachaya’s “Gate of Trust” ~ the Timeless Torah Book that can teach you to How to Live with Certainty and Discover Tranquility!
Episode #28 ” TRANSIENT” as in previous episodes, we continue highlight the various virtues available only to the Ba’al HaBitachon – the person of True Faith, by framing his fortune with that of the proverbial Alchemist.
The latter, fearful of his Trade Secrets being discovered will always be on the move. Whether this is to be understood in the most literal of fashions, or even as a euphemism for lack of stability and the feeling of discomfort with his environment – the result is same: here is a transient who cannot stay put and relax, but rather is in constantly changing scenery. Sheltering the secret to his wealth can uncomfortably set him in into motion. The faithful individual who places his trust in G-d experiences the very opposite – an idea which is vividly illustrated in the Scriptures themselves.
Moving into a related idea; not only does having Bitachon keep you settled during your terrestrial life, but it also richly provides for your Eternity too. Anxiety over trade secrets and the unique ability to make money not only unsettles a person here, but the benefits also obtained are evanescent and temporary as no one can take it along with them to Heaven either!