"The Path of the Just"
Ch. 8 (Part 2)
It’s truly mortifying to have to admit to, but most of what we do is
rooted in what we’ll get back for it. Our motto seems to be, “you scratch
my back and I’ll scratch yours”, we’re so self-absorbed. But like any
ignoble trait, this too can be turned around to good. For, Ramchal
contends that it wouldn’t be hard for us to be more altruistic toward G-d
once we realize how He deals with us from the first.
As he says, we’re bound to become more enthusiastic in our service to G-d
once we realize all “the very many good things (He) does for us moment by
moment” our whole lives long even without our asking.
“There can be no person, whatever his circumstances,” he remarks, “be he
poor or rich, healthy or ill, who will never have experienced some wonders
or great good in his life” thanks to G-d’s benevolence. For while the rich
and robust certainly have a lot to be grateful for, the poor and sickly do
Because even the poor manage to get by somehow with G-d’s help (though
with less to be sure), and oftentimes the ailing manage to remain stable
for a time, to be alleviated from this or that if not from everything, and
the like. In point of fact, the wise have even managed to grow in their
beings as a consequence of challenges, by taking certain things to heart
or deepening in mercy. (Because the truth be known, all adversity is
either a death-sentence or a course of instruction in good judgment and
growth; the choice is yours alone to make.)
The crux of the matter lies in each one of us “reflecting on … all of20the
good we enjoy” and in realizing that all that we need and enjoy “is in the
hands of G-d”. Know that, and you’re bound to serve Him enthusiastically,
which is to say, to approach His presence gratefully and in full knowledge
of the enormous debt we owe Him which we can repay to some degree by
fulfilling His mitzvot lovingly and eagerly.
Text Copyright © 2007 by Rabbi Yaakov Feldman and Torah.org