The achronim yomim (end of days) are upon us, and the footsteps of Moshiach (Messiah) are evident in the sands of time. This is the last generation, as is mentioned in kitvei kodesh (holy scripture), “the generation to come…” shall praise the L-RD: (Psalms 102:19). Yet, the unrighteous shall continue in their ways, as the righteous strive to become more holy and devoted to the L-RD. The lines are being drawn, and we are called to return to Him with all of our heart and soul (Deuteronomy 30:2).
Where do each of us stand, as individuals before our Creator? This question is more important in our lives, than the many questions that we might ask ourselves in regard to the calamities of the world. Not that these other questions should remain unasked; the answers may help us to look past the apparent chaos on the surface toward the import of these events as a whole. Yet, they can also serve, unfortunately, as distractions from our path in life, as human beings created in the image of G-d and given the divine blueprint of life.
As mankind assembles upon earth to recreate the world, this is being done according to man’s image and design, relegating G-d and his divine plan to be cancelled out from the public domain. Yet, G-d is not a concept, nor an idea that can be forgotten, as if it is no longer tenable, in the eyes of His own Creation. He exists inasmuch that He does, outside time and space, watching over His creation, and yearning for our return to Him.
The acknowledgment of a Creator allows for the subsequent acceptance of responsibility to follow in His ways, prescribed for mankind since the beginning of time, when Adam and Eve lived in harmony with the Creation in Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden). We were commanded to be stewards of the earth, in service to the Creator (Genesis 1:28; 2:15).
Within the framework of having been placed in the Garden of Eden, serving G-d in obedience fosters the harmony between us and His creation. Having stepped out of line, the harmony was broken. Mankind’s reconciliation with His Maker today is necessary to regain the lost paradise on earth that He originally intended for mankind.
Yet, this cannot be done unilaterally on our own, without His blueprint for humanity; nor, without spiritual assistance through the grace bestowed upon the soul who aspires to reach out to Him and yearns for the peace that cannot be taken away by the brokenness of the world, nor even our own brokenness. This peace cannot be given to us through any external means, nor brought about by the designs of mankind for a utopia, irrespective of the original intentions of His Creator. Let us return to the original design for our lives, through a reconciliation with G-d.