Strive for communion of God
The man who strives for the communion of God is certainly helped by God Himself – as if He holds his hand to lead him to Himself. God says: wallazeena jaahadoo feena la-nahdiyannahum: that is, those who strive to have communion with us We ultimately show them the path. All the Prophets and Walis (friends of God) and other Saintly people strive hard for His communion and as a result of that, the doors of the communion are opened for them. But as far the people who do not believe that God does reward the actions of the people (His attribute Ar- Raheem refers to the fact of His rewarding the actions) always assert that their efforts have no value whatsoever: whatever has been destined, that is going to happen; why should they, that being the case, make any effort. They would like the things to happen as they might. Perhaps the thieves and the dacoits and the evil doers also, in the heart of their heart, have the same belief.
In short, it should be remembered that the actions of God are of two types. One, which have nothing to do with the actions of the human beings; they are like the sun and the moon and the air (man benefits from these things whereas he has done nothing to deserve them); these things have been there even before we came into existence – it is all the manifestation of all-powerfulness of God. Two, the actions which are connected with our deeds like our acts of worship and righteousness; these things are rewarded by God.
(Malfoozat vol. 10, pg. 34)