Baal HaSulam, “Introduction to The Book of Zohar,” Item 39: Now we have shown that the Creator’s desired goal for the Creation He had created is to bestow upon His creatures, so they would know His truthfulness and greatness, and receive all the delight and pleasure He had prepared for them.
So there is something good that He has prepared for us and we have to develop in order to be ready to receive this pleasure.
At the moment we don’t feel it as pleasure, but rather the opposite, as the greatest sufferings and terrible darkness.
It is because the Creator has prepared the pleasure of bestowal for us, to be in the same state He is. The Creator enjoys bestowal and so we have to reach the recognition of evil of our own current state and the recognition of the goodness of the attribute of bestowal, of the desire to bestow. So all we have to do is to be equipped with a desire to bestow and to feel the pleasure of bestowal in it.
By discovering these things we begin to appreciate the greatness of the attribute of bestowal, the attribute of love, as much as it is within our power. We understand how sublime, great, and special it is and accordingly, we begin to value the Creator whose attribute it is.
It says: “We know you from your actions.” This is the way it works and the second phase doesn’t arrive until the first phase is fulfilled. By fulfilling the actions of bestowal by ourselves, we discover and get to know them and by that we get to know the Creator. It is only through this extent that we can respect Him, “to know His truthfulness and His greatness.”
This is the goal of creation.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 7/4/13, “There is None Else Besides Him”