977 Suffering This Hardship Has Profound Significance
1 People who believe in God harbor a hope that God’s day will arrive soon so that their misery will be at an end; they hope that God will change His form, and that all of their suffering will be over. These thoughts exist in the depths of all their hearts, for human flesh is not willing to suffer, and instead looks forward to better days when it undergoes suffering. These things will not be revealed without the right conditions. While the conditions are not yet ripe, everyone will seem especially fine, appear to be of particularly good stature, seem to understand the truth rather well, and seem exceptionally full of energy. One day, when the conditions arise, all of these thoughts will be revealed; their minds will begin to struggle, and some will start to head downhill.
2 It is not that God does not open up a way out for you, or that God does not bestow His grace upon you; and it is certainly not that God is inconsiderate with regard to your difficulties. It is that enduring this pain right now is a blessing, because you must withstand such suffering in order to be saved and survive; moreover, this is predestined by God. Thus, for this suffering to befall you is your blessing. Do not think this a simple thing; it is not a matter of simply playing around with people and making them suffer. The meaning behind it is so profound, and extremely significant. If you are on the correct path, and if what you seek is correct, then in the end, what you obtain will be more than that of all the saints through the ages, and the promises that you inherit will be greater still.
Adapted from “Those Who Have Lost the Work
of the Holy Spirit Are Most at Risk”
in Records of Christ’s Talks