832 God Constantly Guides the Life of Man
1 God created man and since then has ever led the life of mankind. Whether in giving mankind blessings, giving them the laws and His commandments, or stipulating the various rules for life, everything God does is to lead and guide man toward living a normal life. Whether it is so man keeps His rules or keeps His laws, God’s aim is for man not to worship Satan, not to be harmed by Satan; this is most fundamental, and this is what was done in the very beginning. Although He has plans and intentions for man, He does not do anything for Himself. Everything He does is done purely for mankind, to protect mankind, to keep mankind from being led astray.
2 When you do not understand the truth, God shines a light on you, telling you clearly that this is not in keeping with the truth, and what you should do. When God guides you, when He provides for you, helps you and supports you, you feel God’s amiability, His respectability, you feel how lovely He is, how warm. When God reproaches your corruption, or when He judges and disciplines you for rebelling against Him, He reproaches you with words and He disciplines you through your environment and through people, affairs, and things. God works in a gentle, loving, delicate and caring way, a way that is especially measured and proper. His way does not cause you to feel intense emotions. God never gives you that kind of intense mentality or intense feelings that make things unbearable.
3 God uses His words, His truth and His life to continuously provide for man, to support man. His love for man, His treasuring and cherishing of man cannot be expressed clearly in just one or two sentences. It is not something that is brought about by man’s boasting but is something that God brings forth in actual practice; it is the revelation of God’s essence. All that God gives to man, including the words of God, the different ways in which God works on man, that which God tells man, that which God reminds man of, that which He advises and encourages, it all originates from one essence: It all originates from the holiness of God.
Adapted from “God Himself, the Unique IV” in The Word Appears in the Flesh