For those of you who aren’t familiar with Yiddish, tsouris means troubles or problems. If you are old enough or competent enough to understand what I just wrote, then you know what tsouris is like because life is full of tsouris.
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Despite how much tsouris we have to live with, we can look forward to the afterlife; at least, I believe in the afterlife, which is only natural since I believe in God and that Yeshua is the Messiah God promised to send throughout the Tanakh. It is through the sacrificial death Yeshua underwent that makes it possible for us to receive forgiveness of our sins; prior to him, the way we received forgiveness was to sacrifice an animal where God placed his name, which was the temple in Jerusalem. Well, as you know, that temple was destroyed in 73 A.D., so now the only way to receive forgiveness is by means of the sacrifice Yeshua made on our behalf.
You may be thinking that the Bible says that no one who loves the Lord has ever gone hungry or not had a place to sleep (Psalm 37:25). Well, let’s get real, People- lovers of God are suffering every day, all over the world (especially in Third World countries), and many are going with little or no food for periods of days, and sleeping on the street.
Does that mean the Bible lied? I don’t think so; I think the Bible was talking in general terms.
One of the problems people have with understanding God, which is only done through understanding the Bible, is that we are mortal- we think in finite terms, and to us, this physical plane of existence is all we can relate to. Eternity sounds nice, but to truly relate and understand what it is, well… that’s like trying to picture one million people standing on each other’s shoulders.
Can’t be done.
God, on the other hand, doesn’t think in finite terms because he is not mortal. God sees everything from an eternal viewpoint, existing on a spiritual plane that is so far above our mortal existence that even though he knows and understands the physical (being omniscient helps, not to mention he created the universe) he is always thinking on an eternal level.
What I am saying is that even if we have to go hungry or not have a roof over our heads, once in a while, while we are alive, those who love the Lord will enter eternity in his presence and never again have that problem.
We need to remember that this existence is only temporary, but that the afterlife is forever.
Think of it this way- when we’re expecting something, time seems to go at… a… snail’s… pace, but when we look back on our life, things have happened at warp speed. But after we have been resurrected with the Messiah and on the new earth, under our own tree, enjoying our own wine, we will look back and if we remember anything at all, it will seem to have happened in the blink of an eye.
So, nu! Take solace in the fact that when you are having tsouris, as we all will more than once during our lives, it is only temporary. It may suck while you are going through it, but go through it, you will! And so long as you maintain your faith and persevere, when you are with the Lord things will be great!
The rewards for accepting Yeshua as your Messiah and spending your life obeying God’s instructions (in the Torah) as best as you can, will be more joyful and peaceful than you could ever imagine.
That’s it for today, so I look forward to any comments you may have and will end with l’hitraot and Baruch HaShem!