And we will surely let them taste the nearer punishment short of the greater punishment that perhaps they will return (ie repent). [32:21]
Sometimes Allah sends difficulties to us because he wants us to become mindful of Him. We may have busied ourselves in the dunya so much that we have become neglectful in our ibadah. We may have fallen in love with the dunya where we cannot leave a sin even though we know it is haram. Allah does not punish us for a long time so that we may turn back to Him. He continues to shower His blessings on us despite us sinning and being neglectful in our ibadah. However if this does not make us come back to Him then know for sure that he will send us hardships, not to solely punish us but so that this punishment or difficulty makes us turn to Him. So that we detach ourselves from the dunya. And surely, this difficulty in the dunya, to make us repent is better than the punishment in the hereafter, which Allah also speaks about in this ayah. He sends us our punishment in the dunya so we may repent so that we won’t be punished in the hereafter. SubhanAllah. As this punishment is nothing compared to the punishment in the hereafter. So turn back to Him. Repent and seek forgiveness from Him and you will find Al-Ghafoor.