"With the advent of the footsteps of Mashiach, insolence will increase and prices will soar; the vine will yield its fruit, yet wine will be dear; the government will turn to heresy and no one will rebuke them; the meeting place of scholars will be used for immorality; Galilee will be destroyed, Gavlan will be desolate, and those who dwell on the borders will wander about begging from town to town without being pitied; the wisdom of the scholars will degenerate, those who fear sin will be despised, and the truth will be lacking; youths will put old men to shame, elders will rise in deference to the young, a son will revile his father, a daughter will rise up against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, and a man's enemies will be the members of his household; the face of the generation will be like the face of a dog; a son will not feel ashamed before his father.
So upon whom can we rely? -- Upon our Father Who is in heaven." [Sotah 9:15]
It's been totally apparent to me for a long time now that these days there is no-one who can help, and the only place to go to is straight to the top: to Hashem. I have stopped asking people for assistance, because I know there is none. People have their own troubles to deal with, there's not much energy (or time) left for other peoples'. I guess that's what it means when it says that the generation before Moshiach will have the "face of a dog".
So I really want to share this with all of you, because it's pretty awesome.
I've been having some money problems lately, something I haven't really had to worry too much about for a few years now, but suddenly it seemed that everything changed, and the money stopped. I wondered how I was going to pay my bills, like many other people who read this blog and who email me, money is the biggest problem of all.
So I said to G-d that it was too much for me to deal with. I have enough to cope with one way and another, and I can't take on the "money" problem, it's just too hard. Maybe G-d could step in and sort it all out.
That same day, in fact just hours after my conversation with G-d, the phone rang. It was a rabbi who I have known for quite a long time. He asked me to do some transcription typing for him.... quite a lot of work, and enough to pay the bills for now anyway.
So I start typing..... as I am one-quarter of the way thru the work, suddenly I realise I am typing the answer to another problem I have. Not only has this rabbi given me a way to pay the bills, he has given me the solution to a difficult issue. And he doesn't even know that he's solved two problems for me, he is just the intermediary, the real problem-solver is Hashem.
I'm going to ask his permission before I blog the "solution" I just typed up for him. But the main point of this is to say that G-d is listening, don't be afraid to ask for assistance. That's what we're supposed to be doing now, in this generation with the "face of a dog" we can only turn to Hashem. That's the whole point..... we have to learn to rely solely on G-d and not on other people.