Baal HaSulam, Shamati, “Article 138”: When fear comes upon a person, he should know that there is none else but Him. And even witchcraft. And if he sees that fear overcomes him, he should say that there is no such thing as chance, but the Creator has given him a chance from above, and he must contemplate and study the end to which he has been sent this fear. It appears that it is so that he will overcome and say, “There is none else besides Him.”
But if after all this, the fear has not departed him, he should take it as an example and say that his servitude of the Creator should be in the same measure of the fear, meaning that the fear of heaven, which is a merit, should be in the same manner of fear that he now has. That is, the body is impressed by this superficial fear, and exactly in the same way that the body is impressed, so should be the fear of heaven.
Question: So, by invoking a sense of fear in us, does the Creator invite us to switch our attention to Him, to be in awe before Him, or have some other attitude toward him?
Answer: And how else can the Creator awaken an egoistic person who is locked within his petty goals so that he would start paying attention to his development and ultimately to the Creator?
How else can this be done if not by awakening all kinds of anxieties, fears, and troubles that supposedly take place? All this is similar to how we scare a child: “Do not go there! A grey wolf is hiding there.” We must somehow stop him.
Therefore, we have to understand that the Creator is playing this way with us small egoistic creatures in order to direct us toward Him.
Form KabTV’s “Fundamentals of Kabbalah,” 4/26/20