Don’t rely on miracles!


Sefer Hasidim / Chapter 103

Never should a person rely on miracles for it is possible that they won’t perform a miracle for him and even if they will – it could be that they’ll diminish his merits on account of this.

Source: Sefaria

Nobody should rely on miracles and thus not sit and wait until G – d maybe causes a miracle to happen. Instead, a person should pray to G – d but, at the same time, take action. Do something and try to improve his situation.

It is not up to G – d to fix everybody’s personal problems but a person has to try to help himself. Run around and find a solution. In this case, G – d may help him. 

When we look at the above text we could get the impression that, as soon as G – d will help us, He diminishes this from our merits. My first thought was that I won’t ask G – d for anything anymore. Nevertheless, I have also learned that we can G – d ask for His help as long as we take action. We also pray to G – d to give us enough food, shelter and health. I wouldn’t be too worried that all this is being diminished from our merits.

But why don’t we see any more open miracles, as our forefathers did?

Why should G – d cause miracles for us? Doesn’t this sound a bit arrogant when we ask him for a miracle? As if He is obligated to perform a miracle for each of us.



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