The text we’ll be citing the most is Bachya Ibn Pakudah’s Chovot HaLevovot — The Duties of the Heart, since it expands upon both the notion of trusting in God and on His makeup.
Here’s what it says about both in conjunction with each other.
“The more you know about God and the more you believe He guides you and provides for you so well, and to your advantageous, the more you will trust Him. For, after all, a baby trusts his mother’s breasts at birth …. And he only begins to trust his mother herself when he begins to perceive all the care she bestows on him more clearly.” (4:7)
He’s clearly referring to a visceral and basic trust in one’s provider. Let’s offer an illustration of that.
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