Only Action Brings Redemption

The Medrash proclaims, “While the tribes were busy with the sale of Joseph, and Reuben, Joseph and Jacob were busy with their sackcloth and mourning, and Judah was busy taking a wife, God was busy creating the light of the Messiah.”

I heard a wonderful explanation to this teaching of the Rabbis. It is because Judah “took action” and looked towards the future in acquiring a wife that G-d looked to the future to create the light of the Messiah. Only positive action can bring redemption, not sorrow and regret over the past.