Answer: It is not suffering and punishment that are predetermined for each person, but the specific way forward, which precedes from the point of one’s soul. This way can be either good or evil, but this is a person’s choice.
Question: Ultimately is it beneficial for a person to suffer?
Answer: No one needs to suffer even for a single moment. The Creator is good and desires only good. Therefore, every second of suffering is recorded on our account as going against Him. If we want to go along with Him, we should get rid of the feeling of suffering as quickly as possible.
Question: What develops us more: suffering from lack of necessities or the yearning for pleasure?
Answer: It is only striving forward to the goal, to the truth, not to pleasure nor avoiding suffering.
From the Kabbalah Lesson in Russian 11/18/18