In Honor of the Hafetz Hayim's 80th Yahrtzeit
In honor of the Hafetz Hayim's 80th Yahrtzeit today, we will quote from the very end of his book Shem Olam:
...And now we will speak about the third reason [why a benefactor won't give a gift to the recipient] which is a deficiency in the recipient since he is not worthy of the gift. To this, it could be said that this reason doesn't apply to HKB"H since when He wants to redeem, He doesn't look at their deeds, but rather, והוא יפדה את ישראל מכל עוונותיו [And He will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.] This is as it says in Shir Hashirim Rabba on the verse מְדַלֵּג, עַל-הֶהָרִים--מְקַפֵּץ, עַל-הַגְּבָעוֹת:
Moshe told the Israelites that they are being redeemed in this month. They replied to him, "How could we be redeemed? We have no good deeds!" He replied back, "Once He wants your redemption, He doesn't look at your evil deeds." ...What comes out of all this is that a person should not give up hope from mercy from Hashem Yitbarach, and one needs to expectantly long for salvation. And this is especially true nowadays when numerous consecutive troubles have befallen us and especially the prevention of Parnassah - and if someone makes money, it goes into a bag with a hole in it. And literally what is written וְהִשְׁאַרְתִּי בְקִרְבֵּךְ, עַם עָנִי וָדָל [And I will leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people...] has been fulfilled in us. So, definitely, we need to expect every day the mercy of Hashem Yitbarach, and let the verse וְאֶת-עַם עָנִי, תּוֹשִׁיעַ [And the afflicted people Thou dost save] be fulfilled in us.