Since the soul is a tiny spark of Godliness, it has the same characteristics that its Creator has. Just as the Creator is infinite, so is the soul. They both defy time and space, and neither ever dies. So, the more we live a spiritually-oriented life, the more we overcome the downward tendency of bodily-oriented depression and disappointment. The soul never gets old. If cared for properly, it never degenerates. And, if we provide its needs, we attain both happiness and inner peace.
Did you know that the Creator speaks to everyone of us every minute of the day? A raindrop that falls in our face is a message from Above.
The Creator is a loving Father - he wants us all to be close to Him. As such, the daily events and experiences of our lives are His language and personal messages to us, designed to stimulate our faith and encourage us to speak to Him. By speaking to Him, we develop a close relationship with Him. The closer one gets to G-d, the better one gets to know Him; that's our wultimate purpose on earth.
The Creator, in His limitless love for each of us, directs our lives in a manner that helps us to successfully achieve this goal. Understanding the vital fact that everything that happens in our lives is from Him and for our own ultimate good enables us to cope with all types of situations – whether good or seemingly bad – happily and without stress, worry, and anxiety.
When people deny or ignore God's personal messages, He is compelled to send "louder" messages - situations of greater difficulty. Those who fail to get to know G-d in good times risk being placed in predicaments devoid of any natural or logical solution, where the only remaining alternative is to cry out to Him. In this manner, the Creator – in His infinite loving-kindness - helps each of us reach Him and thereby get to know Him by developing our own personal relationship with Him. The more we cooperate, the more gratifying and easier our lives become.
Hashem not only decides who the next President of the United States will be and the longevity of the great galaxies; He decides which mulberry leaf a Japanese silkworm will eat for dinner (image, above).
Dear Rabbi Lazer,
I often hear you using the term "Divine Providence". Could you please give me a simple explanation of what it means? Thanks for all you do. Roberta from Atlanta
Divine Providence is G-d’s will and personal intervention in our lives, which governs everything that happens to us both on a day-to-day scale and on a longterm scale. On an individual level, Divine Providence is designed to help us perform our task in life.
Divine Providence is both macro and micro. It not only determines events on a global scale, but also dictates the tiniest details in the universe, such as the evening meal of a worm. Our lives in their entirety – including each individual moment – are the outcome of G-d’s infinite wisdom. So, on a practical level, Divine Providence dictates when we succeed and when we fail, when times are easy and when they're hard, all for the benefit of our fulfilling our mission on this earth.
I hope you find the above explanation useful. All the very best, LB