From the time you came crying into this world, you began to perform your duty, playing your role for the sake of God’s plan and God’s ordination and beginning your life journey. No matter what your background is and no matter what your journey ahead will be, in a word, no man can escape from the manipulation and arrangement of Heaven, and no man can control his own destiny, because only the One, who rules over all things, can do such a work. Since there was mankind in the beginning, God has been doing his work this way, managing this universe and directing the changing laws and the running courses of all things. Like all things, men are all quietly and unconsciously receiving the nourishment of God’s sweetness and rain and dew. Like all things, men are all unknowingly living under the manipulation of God’s hand. Man’s heart and man’s spirit are under God’s control, and man’s entire living is in God’s eyes. No matter whether you believe all these, nevertheless, anything, living or dead, will move, change, renew, and even disappear according to God’s thoughts. This is the way God rules over all things.
When night comes quietly, no one feels it, for man’s heart cannot feel how the night comes and where it comes from. When the night slips away quietly, men see the day in, and where the day comes from and how it drives away the night, man’s heart even less knows or feels. Such repeated changes and alternations of night and day have brought mankind into one after another of the different periods and different backgrounds of the ages, and at the same time have fulfilled God’s work in each period and God’s plan in each age. Men have been following God through these different periods, but they do not know that God is sovereign over the destiny of all things and of living beings and do not know how God manipulates all things and directs all things. These are what men of today and men of the past have not been able to know. The reason for this is not that God’s deeds are too hidden or that God’s plan has not been fulfilled, but that men’s heart and men’s spirit are so far away from God that they have got to the point where they are still serving satan while “following God,” and yet they are still unaware of that. No one takes the initiative to seek God’s footsteps and God’s appearing, and no one is willing to live under God’s care and keeping. Rather, man is willing to rely on the corroding of satan and the evil one to adjust to this world and adjust to this evil mankind’s laws of living. Thus, man’s heart and man’s spirit become the tribute man offers to satan, become satan’s food, and even more become satan’s long-living place and satan’s natural place of amusement. Therefore, man unconsciously no longer understands the truths about being a man and no longer understands the value and the meaning of man’s existence, God’s laws and God’s covenant with man gradually become dim in man’s heart, and man no longer seeks after God and no longer pays attention to God. As time goes by, no one understands the meaning of God’s creating man any longer, or understands the words of God’s mouth, or understands anything from God. Thus man begins to resist the laws and decrees from God, and man’s heart and man’s spirit become numb…. God loses the man created in the beginning, and man also loses his original root. This is the sorrow of this mankind. Actually, from the beginning until now, God has had a tragedy playing for mankind in which man is the leading role and also the victim. No one can answer who is actually the director of this tragedy.
In the vast world, seas have changed into mulberry fields and mulberry fields into seas for countless circles. Except for the One who rules over everything among all things, no man can guide and lead this mankind, and no “capable one” labors and prepares anything for this mankind, much less can any man lead this mankind to head toward a bright destination and break free from the injustices of the world. God is sighing over the future of mankind, grieving over the fall of mankind, and sorrowing over mankind’s heading toward decline and toward a path of no return step by step. No one has ever thought: Where will such a mankind who has broken God’s heart and has forsaken God and turned to the evil one head toward? For this reason, no one tries to feel God’s anger, no one tries to seek the way to please God, and no one tries to come close to God, much less does anyone try to feel God’s grief and God’s sorrow. All men, after hearing God’s voice, still go their own way, still leave God, avoid God’s grace and care, and shun God’s truth, and would rather sell themselves to satan which is against God. Who has ever thought: If men always persist in their mistaken ways like this, how will God treat those who have no regard for him? No one knows that God warns and exhorts mankind again and again because in his hand is prepared an unprecedented disaster. This disaster is unbearable to man’s flesh and man’s soul, and it is not merely to punish man’s flesh but aimed at man’s soul. You should know: When God’s plan falls through and when God’s warnings and exhortations are not repaid, what anger will he unleash? This has never been tasted or heard of by any created being. So I say that this disaster has never occurred before and will never occur again in the future. This is because God’s plan is that he would only create mankind once and only save mankind once. This is the first time and also the last time. So, no one can understand God’s thoughtful kind intention and eager expectation in saving mankind this time.
God created this world and brings man, the living being who has the life bestowed by God, into the world. Thus man has parents and relatives and is no longer lonely. From the moment man sees this physical world, he is destined to live in God’s ordination. It is God’s breath of life that supports every living being to “grow up.” In this course, no one feels that he lives and “grows up” under God’s care, but on the contrary he thinks that he is brought up by his parents’ care and love and that the instinct of his life supports him to “grow up.” This is because no one knows by whom man’s “life” is bestowed and where it comes from, much less knows how the instinct of life works miracles. Man only knows that food is the foundation for man’s life to continue, willpower is the source of the existence of man’s life, and man’s mental belief is the capital for man’s existence. Man is completely unaware of God’s grace and supply, and thus, he is wasting the life bestowed by God…. No one whom God cares for day and night takes the initiative to worship God. God has only been doing the work in his plan on utterly hopeless men, in the hope that one day they can wake up from their dream and suddenly understand the value of life and the meaning of life, know the price God has paid for everything he has bestowed to man, and understand God’s anxious heart of earnestly expecting that man can turn back. All these secrets concerning the source and continuation of man’s life no one has ever studied. Only God who knows all these has been silently enduring the hurt and blow brought by man who receives everything from God and yet is ungrateful. Man enjoys everything brought by life as a matter of course, and God is, “as a matter of course,” betrayed, forgotten, and extorted by man. Is God’s plan really so important? Is man, the living being from God’s hand, really so important? God’s plan is absolutely important, yet the living being created by God’s hand exists for God’s plan. So, God cannot destroy his plan because of hating this mankind. He has been enduring all sufferings for his plan and for the breath from his mouth, not for man’s flesh but for man’s life, and his purpose is to take back the life he breathed out, not to take back man’s flesh. This is his plan.
Every man who comes into this world has to go through the course of life and death. Many more men have gone through the circles of life and death. Those who are living will soon “die,” and those who have “died” will soon come back. All these are the courses of life set by God for every living being. However, these courses and circles are the very fact that God wants man to see: The life God bestows to man is unceasing and is not restricted by flesh, time, or space. This is the mystery of the life God bestows to man and is also a proof that life comes from God. Although many men do not believe that man’s life comes from God, all men are inevitably enjoying everything from God, whether they are those who believe there is God or those who deny God’s existence. If one day, God suddenly changes his mind and wants to take back everything on earth and to take back his life, then all these things will exist no more. God supplies all living and non-living things with his life, and by his power and authority he makes all these go on in an orderly way. This fact is unimaginable and incomprehensible to anyone. Yet these incomprehensible facts are the very expression and proof of the power of God’s life. Here I will tell you a secret: The greatness of God’s life and the energy of his life are unfathomable to any created being. It is so in the present, it was so in the past, and it will be so in the future. The second secret I will tell you is: The source of the life of all created beings is God; no matter what differences they have in the forms and structures of their life, and no matter what kind of living being you are, none can violate the tracks of life set by God. Anyway, I only hope that man will understand: Without God’s care and keeping or God’s supply, no matter how hard man strives and struggles, he will not gain what he should gain; if man loses God’s supply for his life, then he will lose the value of living and the meaning of life. How could God let off such a man who wastes the value of God’s life? I will still say this word: Don’t forget that God is the source of your life. If man does not treasure all this bestowed by God, God will not only take back man’s original things, but even more will make man pay double the price for all that God has paid.
May 26, 2003