I am in a difficult situation right now. I know this is a test from G‑d, but how do I find energy to handle it?


When G‑d asked Abraham to bring his son Isaac as a sacrifice, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi explains that the test was not whether Abraham would do what he was asked. Of course he would! Throughout the ages so many "run-of-the-mill" Jews willingly gave up their lives for the sanctification of G‑d's name. And this was Abraham. And he had received a direct order from G‑d. The test actually was how he would respond to the test. And when Abraham "got up early" in the morning, with energy and joy to do the will of G‑d—that's when he passed the test with flying colors.

The fact that you recognize that this is a test from G‑d is the first and most important element in your response. Because if it's from G‑d, then it's not a random, meaningless situation; there is a purpose to this test, and the purpose is your growth—as a person, as a Jew, as a parent or child or spouse or friend, whatever. Now you must understand that summoning the positive energy to deal with the situation is actually part of the test itself.

Know that you have the means and abilities to pass any test that G‑d sends to you and therefore face it head-on with energy and a positive attitude. Rest assured that G‑d does not give a person a test that he or she cannot handle.

Good luck my friend!

Chaya Sarah Silberberg,