Divine Blueprint


dvar for parasha Devarim 5782b

There is a parallel that can be drawn out, in regard to the neglect of the generation of the spies, in failing to realize that they would be supported by the strength of H’Shem, when going into combat against the local inhabitants of the land. Because they refused to enter the Promised Land, out of mortal fear for their lives in the face of the giants, who lived there, they were condemned to pass away within the next thirty-nine years.

As the sages note in commentary on Psalm 95, the generation of the spies did not enter the land, nor were they granted entry into Olam Haba (the World to Come).

Regarding our own struggles in life, how often do we fail to acknowledge our need to rely on H’Shem? If we leave G-d out of the equation, so to speak, when pursuing our goals in life, then we have no guarantee of achieving what we could under the auspices of the Almighty.

Additionally, in G-d’s plan, every moment found in our lives, in both the daytime, and the nighttime has a purpose. Yet, if we are amiss as to what His expectations are of how we spend our time, then we will be led astray by unfruitful diversions.

So, we need to find the resolve to let G-d lead us along the way toward redemption, irrespective of our own will. As the Yiddish saying goes, “Man makes plans, and G-d laughs.” That is to say that if our designs for ourselves in this world do not take into consideration “the divine blueprint” of the Architect, Who created the world, then we will find ourselves in a labyrinth without someone in the tower at the center of the maze, calling out the way to navigate.

“Cast thy burden upon the L-RD, and He will sustain thee.”

– Psalms 55:22, JPS 1917 Tanach

Author: tzvifievel

My focus is on the synthesis of psychology, religion, and writing. I have undergraduate degrees in Psychology and English.

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