Sheikh Abdur Rahman ibn al-Jawzi رحمه الله has advised that if anyone wants to correct the state of his life, he must then rectify his deeds. Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم has said in a Hadīth Qudsi that Allah Ta’ala جل جلاله says; “If My slaves make it a point to obey Me then they will have rain at night and bright sunlight during the day. They will not hear the thunderbolt.”
Sayyiduna Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم has further said; “Never does piety become stale, nor evil remain fresh. He who submits to retaliation is always alive.” Undoubtedly, one will experience the reality of his deeds.
Another vital point we learn from the blessed advice of our Noble Master Rasoolullah صلى الله عليه وسلم is the need for Mujaahadah (striving against the evil promptings of Shaitān and the Nafs). In life, there will exist a continuous battle between truth and falsehood. Sins appear to be enjoyable whereas obedience appears burdensome.
Man has to understand that there is cause and effect relationship with regards our deeds. The difference is that we have to focus on our actual destination; ie the Aakhirah and ignore the lure and false glitter of material possessions and desire for fame. Our pious predecessors pitied the one who succumbed to temptation of the world.