“Gum su la tovah”- even this is for good
Deu 28:1 "Now it shall be, if you diligently obey Yahuweh your Elohim, being careful to do all His commandments which I command you today, Yahuweh your Elohim will set you high above all the nations of the earth.
Deu 28:2 "and all these blessings will come upon you and overtake you if you obey Yahuweh your Elohim“
The term 'overtake' connotes that someone is fleeing, But why would any flee from blessings?
The Baal Shem Tov's grandson says that Elohim’s blessings sometimes come in the form that we see as distressful, and inasmuch as we do not know their true character, we may flee from them. The Torah assures us that the good that Yahuweh intends for us will come upon us even if we try to avoid it.
This is also the meaning of the verse:
"May goodness and loving kindness pursue me all the days of my life" Ps 23:6. We pray that if, in our limited understanding, we try to avoid a concealed kindness, that it will pursue and over take us.
Infants may cry franticly when the pediatrician administers a painful shot that is meant to help them in the healing process or in overcoming a disease. The infant cannot possibly understand why the mother who loves and cares for them collaborates with the doctor to hurt them. The gap between our wisdom and the infinite wisdom of the heavenly Father, Yahuweh, is greater than even that between an infant and its mother. Whereas the infant cannot be expected to accept mother's action as being for its welfare we should be wise enough to know that everything that Yahuweh does for us has an ultimate good, even if we see it as bad. That's if, as Moses tells us, “we're careful to do all His commandments“.
We should never say anything in our lives is ’bad,’ for all things are from Yahuweh - all things. So if something in our lives comes in the way of adversity we should say it is ’bitter’ but not ’bad’ for nothing from Yahuweh is ’bad.’
Everything from Yahuweh is a blessing, but sometimes it may come packaged as adversity...