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Worry can always provide reason. Maybe G‑d is out to punish you. Maybe you don’t deserve to be saved from the mess you’ve gotten into. Maybe an ugly mess is the only way He has to provide for you.

That’s not called trust. Trust means you have not a shade of doubt that He will deliver. No matter what.

The heavens above mirror the earth below.
Trust in Him and He will fulfill your trust.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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August 3, 2012
Is it a logical thought that God will punish us?
Rabbi Freeman, this DD send my thoughts to Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov's account of his childhood -"Yisrolik, fear nothing but G-d alone". We have the ability to sense when we commit wrongdoing and this is so because G-d who is inside us is making us notice His disapproval. Disapproval doesn't equal to punishment. Society punishes its citizens when they behave beyond its approved standards. Beloved Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov was a mystic who leave us with this thought that I copy below: When the truth of his wellsprings shall spread forth, without distortion, then the Age of Moshiach has arrived, may it be sooner than we all think.
August 3, 2012
:) beautiful reminder!
thanks and G-d bless all
August 3, 2012
Thanks, I needed this message.
Shabbat Shalom
Henry (Chanoch) Brown
August 3, 2012
forget punishment
(though it's a little difficult for me to believe that G-d doesn't dole out punishment sometime or other, for a serious wrongdoing), ...looking at and reading this "forget punishment" is so appropriate, SO positive and SO comforting, i love it!!! it brings to mind that if and when 'a bad thing happens', then later it becomes clear it was actually a blessing in the big picture reinforces! trusting G-d that He will fulfill our trust! !
akron, oh
August 3, 2012
punishment - add on

I didn't notice the title before i posted, but only after i hit submit.

Punishment has never been in the scheme of Things for me. It never will. Challenges in life are there and they do cause worry. Somehow I separate the worrying part of life, from my Trust life.
August 3, 2012
Nailed it

This DD/Trust is probably the closest I come to thinking that there is a G-d, and i do plenty of thinking about It.

The mirror is a neat metaphor about earth and heaven. My Trust is not heavenward. I prefer to imagine that I walk humbly with Him here on earth, that He is near to me while Omnipresent. It's tied in with ISm, simple and worry free.

Have a Great Shabbos all !
August 3, 2012
Forget Punishment
G-D would rather show someone the correct way of doing things instead of admonishing or punishing them for their wrongdoings.Have patience with him,and G-D will have patience with you.
David Levant
Emerson, N.J.
January 4, 2007
At times it feels not so much that I am being punished, but forgotten. Orphaned, as it were. The words reverberate in my mind, Hide not Thy face from me!
paul bennick
davis, CA, USA
January 4, 2007
I don't know how you do it, but these messages always have particular relevance to me, and they come just when I need them. Thank you for the uplifting thoughts.
January 4, 2007
It depends...
I think it's okay to think that G-d is giving a punishment if someone knows that they have to atone for something like Yosef's brothers. Though I haven't read anything that says how they were able to take the experience with Yosef (acting without asking their father or getting a unanimous opinion) and incorporate into their personality that they would never do it again. For example today we see groups going after other groups without there being a majority ruling amongst groups that it's okay to do this.

For a person who's going through a hard time and can't identify the sin then I don't think it's helpful to think that one is being punished but it may be hellpful to think that it's an atonement for something and trusting in Hashem is always a good thing to do.

One should pray for deliverance of course but let's face it: Sometimes we're delivered into circumstances that we'd really rather not be delivered into.
Brooklyn, NY
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