We sometimes see that good things happen to bad people, while bad things happen to good people, why is that? Rav Chatzkel Levenstein explains that the answer lies in this week’s Parshah!
It’s the age old question, but it really never gets old.
How can it be that Hashem can treat righteous people who are doing the right thing by giving you them difficulties and having tough times in their life, while on the other hand, there are people who are not righteous and are not listening to what Hashem says, and yet it seems to us like they’re living it up. How can Hashem allow this to happen?
The great Rav Chatzkel Levenstein explains that the answer lies in this week’s Parshah.
The passuk says, ka’asher ye’yaser ish es beno, just as a father chastises his son, so to Hashem chastises us.
Now, it doesn’t mean just as a father says, shut the door, the air conditioner’s running, or a father says, don’t lean your chair back, it’s going to break and you’re going to fall.
No. What it means is just as a father chastises his son, sometimes he needs to put his son through a tough or difficult time in order for him to have a better outcome and to be happier in the end, so too Hashem does the same for the righteous people and sometimes they need to go through difficult times, unfortunately, in order to have the best for them, the best outcome for them.
On the other hand, just as a father, when he sees his words are landing on deaf ears and his child is not listening, unfortunately he steps away and he says, go ahead, do what you want, have it all.
Hashem is the same way. And when Hashem sees that someone is not listening to His words, He also will step away and say, go ahead, do what you want.
Now, it doesn’t mean everybody who’s enjoying life is not righteous, but sometimes this is the way Hashem will treat people who are not righteous.
So what we need to keep in mind is how lucky we are that we have a father who’s guiding us and telling us what to do and what not to do.
Hashem who created the world and all of the pleasures in it tells you that this is the best way for you to enjoy the life that He gave you. I think we can trust Him on that, don’t you?
Have a great Shabbos.
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