940 You Must Seek God’s Will When Sickness Strikes
1 When the suffering of illness befalls you, how should you experience it? You should come before God to pray, seeking to fathom His will and examining what kinds of transgressions you have made or what corruptions you have not yet resolved. You cannot but suffer physically. Only by being tempered through suffering can people cease to be unbridled and always live before God. When people feel upset, they always pray, reflecting upon whether they have done anything wrong or how they may have offended God. This is beneficial for them. When people suffer great pain and trials, it certainly does not happen by chance.
2 Whether people are ill or in good health, God’s will is at work. When they are sick and do not know God’s will, they will not know how to practice. They will think this is the result of their foolishness. How are they not aware that God’s good intentions are at play? When you suffer a major illness that makes you feel you would be better off dead, it does not happen by chance. During the time of God’s salvation of humanity, does the Holy Spirit only accompany people’s life, enlightening them and shining the light upon them? God will also try and refine people. Only if they suffer much can they be purified, and only then can their life disposition be changed.
3 How does God subject people to trials? He refines them through suffering. Trials are suffering, and whenever there are trials, they are accompanied by suffering. If there were no trials, how would people suffer? And if they did not suffer, how could they change? Trials are accompanied by suffering and that is the work of the Holy Spirit. Humans are deeply corrupted, and if they do not suffer, they will forget their place in the universe. If they do not suffer, they will not have God in their hearts. Merely fellowshiping about the truth cannot solve people’s corrupt disposition; it must be done through trials and refinement.
Adapted from “You Must Regard All Things
From the Perspective of the Truth”
in Records of Christ’s Talks