Bitachon 27 – Spiritual Cause and Effect

We discuss the question of the Officer in the story of Elisha Hanavi, who challenged Elisha’s statement that awesome blessings were imminent, despite their dire predicament. He said, “Would Hashem make windows in the Heavens?” He didn’t believe in the possibility of such blessings, and the result was as Elisha prophesied, that he would see it, but he would not partake of it. Inherent in being overly involved in Hishtadlus-efforts is the same question of the Officer – would Hashem do this for me without my extensive efforts?
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