The following passage settled with me in an interesting way. Although the statements recorded are themselves quite eye opening, I am unfamiliar with such an idea at large.

In that sense was the author, רבינו זריחה מיון, teaching a new novel concept and idea or is this well represented in other Jewish literature?

End of chapter 6:

אבל אם ימצא האדם חן בעיני הבורא, כשירצה להימשך אחרי היצר ולעזור אותו, יזדמנו לו מונעים, או מעכבים, או דברים מטרידים, ולא יניחנו הבורא לעזור ליצר, והבורא יעשה כזה לאדם בעבור חסדי אבותיו, או בעבור אשר יכיר לבו כי הוא נאמן, או בעבור כי יכיר כי באחרונה יהיה חסיד גמור ויהיה מן הזוכים לראות פני הבורא ומן הקרובים אליו, וכשיכיר הבורא מה שעתיד להיות, ירצה שיהיה נקי בעת שישוב מדרכו הרעה ויהיה קדוש.

But if a man finds favor in the eyes of the Creator, and he nevertheless wishes to be drawn after the evil inclination and help it, then restraints, obstacles, and troublesome things will occur, and the Creator will not let him help the evil inclination. The Creator will act thus to a man because of the pious deeds of his fathers, or because he sees in his heart that he is faithful, or because he discerns that in the end, this man will become a completely pious person, and will be among those who merit seeing the face of the Creator, and will be among those who are near to Him. Since the Creator recognizes what the future of this man will be, he desires that he should be pure and holy at the time that he repents of this evil conduct.

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  • What is your question? This quotation is talking about the concept that G-d will sometimes test an individual in order to reveal their potential, meaning to bring a potential into actualization. It is in keeping with the concept from Pirkei Avot that 'Action is the primary thing.' As enumerated, what precipitates the test and what the specific intention (intended goal) of the test is, varies from person to person. Consider the 10 tests of Avraham Avinu. – Yaacov Deane Nov 30 '18 at 17:27
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    @YaacovDeane the question is how do we know that even if a person wants to follow his yetzer hara he will not be ‘able’ because things will prevent him from doing so – Dr. Shmuel Nov 30 '18 at 17:29
  • It doesn't say that the individual won't be able to follow his Yetzer HaRa. It says "if the individual finds 'Chein' (Chochmat Nistar, a negative aspect of Divine Supervision) in the eye of the Creator...", then G-d won't assist him to depart from the path of Torah. It explains various reasons why such a person gets this special attention, like the merit of his ancestors, etc. It also implies that some people either don't get the special assistance or may even merit something more negative. These are all details of Hashgacha Pratit. – Yaacov Deane Nov 30 '18 at 17:45
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    “If an individual finds grace in the eyes of God... God won’t assist the individual’s [Evil] inclination... ” (the acronym for ‘Chochmat haNistar’ is a much later invention). This is a Rabbinic notion couched in their expression: “אין הקב״ה מביא תקלה לצדיקים”, with basis in Scripture such as “רגלי חסידיו ישמור”. – Oliver Nov 30 '18 at 17:59
  • I’m not sure they are the same ideas though, perhaps just very similar @is – Dr. Shmuel Nov 30 '18 at 19:40

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