Joy is a precious fruit of the Holy Spirit that we need in order to survive. It is like a bulldozer that can plow through the rough valleys that attempt to keep us from enjoying life. Unlike faith, joy is an emotion. However, when you are assaulted on every side and the devil keeps knocking you down, how can you tap into that joy? Bitachon. Let me explain.
Bitachon, (pronounced beet-ta-chon) is a Hebrew term which means, “Trust in God.” It comes from the root batah (Strong’s #982), meaning: to trust, to have confidence in, to be secure, and, to feel safe. It expresses a sense of well-being and security that comes from having someone or something to place your confidence in. The Septuagint translates it as “to hope” or “to be persuaded,” but interestingly enough, not as “believe in” or “faith.”
We see the illustration of bitachon over and over again in Paul’s writings. He was “fully persuaded that, what He (God) had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21 KJV).
Here’s the key: Bitachon is not about believing in God, per se, but rather trusting that everything He wills, everything that occurs, will be for the good because He is good and in control. It is similar to Romans 8:28: “All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Bitachon is an affirmation that God is perfect and full of infinite wisdom and unfailing love in all circumstances, all, even in the circumstances that are unfair. Even when cruelness, poverty, and sickness run rampant, bitachon is persuaded that His love never fails. Because of that and only because of that, bitachon is persuaded that it will be all right. We don’t know what “all right” will look like, but we know God and trust Him. Amen and Amen.