Very simply, this is the idea that whatever ‘bad’ we have to endure, go through, suffer, experience in our lives, as long as we keep cleaning on to Hashem throughout it all, the measure of good will be 500 times greater.
In this period of ‘hester panim’, where God’s direct providence over every aspect of the world and our lives is so often hidden away from us, and so hard to detect, it can seem as though justice has gone completely out of the window.
How can it be that the most immoral, mentally-ill, nasty, selfish, superficial, anti-God people appear to be thriving, while so many of the most God-fearing, humble, good people often struggle so hard just to keep going in their day-to-day lives?
How can it be, that our so-called ‘leaders’ and opinion-formers are almost universally made up of what I’ll politely call the dregs of the earth? How can it be that so much of our modern world is apparently ‘controlled’ by the nastiest, most corrupt and corrupting individuals?
What’s going on here?
I think what’s going on here is that we’re at the end of the process of ‘hester panim’ where God has hidden His face from humanity, and it’s common knowledge that it’s always darkest before the dawn. It can be so easy to just give up, can’t it? And to stop trying to search for Hashem, and His fingerprints, in all the circumstances of our lives.
But the people who are continuing to search for God in the midst of this awful spiritual darkness and emptiness are ultimately going to find Him.
Remember, the measure of good is 500 times the measure of ‘bad’.
Here and there, I’m seeing a few small cracks starting to appear in the ‘shiny, perfect world’ that’s inhabited by so many people today, including apparently orthodox Jews. I can see the masks that so many of our false leaders are wearing starting to slip. I can see that even the best fakers out there are now finding it harder and harder to maintain their facades.
God is starting to pull all the hidden ‘bad’ in the world out of the cupboards, and up from the drains. There’s no more running away from it, no more hiding. And as that ‘bad’ is being revealed, it’s also being judged and punished. More and more people are realising that they can’t get away with their horrible, evil speech, their deceptive, hurtful treatment of others, and their arrogant behaviour and attitudes.
After all the warnings, all the messages, all the patience, God is starting to pay out the ‘bad’ in the world, and this process is only going to accelerate, the nearer we get to Moshiach.
But the measure of good is 500 times the measure of ‘bad’.
And that, too, is starting to be revealed and amplified. It’s still the very beginning of the process, like the first almost imperceptible rays of dawn breaking through the darkness. But I can feel that ‘good’ gathering Above, and that it’s already started its journey downwards, to all of the people who have been clinging on to Hashem the last few weeks, months and years in the face of so much hardship and difficulty.
How it’s going to manifest in our lives, and when that’s going to happen, I have no idea. But what I can tell you is that for every ‘bad’ I see starting to be paid out around me, I know that the good is going to be 500 times as big.
And that gives me a lot of comfort.