What will of God is concealed within the Lord Jesus’ refusal to observe the Sabbath? And what inspiration does it bring to us today?
The Way Home
The Way Home
I was born in the countryside. My father was ill since my birth. Nevertheless, he played together with me every day. Carrying me on his shoulders, he climbed up the hill and told me stories. In a word, I had a carefree childhood. When I was seven years old, my father passed away with endless indebtedness for my younger brother and me, with concerns for my mother, and with attachment for the world. On that day, I was at school, missing the last chance to see him. After I went back home, I saw a noisy crowd and heard my mom’s helpless cry. I just stood there and suddenly felt very lonely and unassisted. Even though I was so young, I knew that my fate would be different from then on. It seemed that my memory was frozen at that moment when I realized that I had become a fatherless child.
My father’s death greatly increased our economic burden. With all our savings spent on his illness, my mother was forced to work around the clock. In order to ease her burden, I, being naughty, became well-behaved. I learnt to help her do all sorts of housework and took care of my younger brother. Since then, because of our family’s misfortune, my carefree childhood ended. In the meantime, I witnessed the selfishness and indifference among men. Other children in our village bullied my younger brother and me, saying that we were fatherless children. My uncles and aunts always found fault with my mother, and they even intended to forcibly occupy the only heritage left by my father, a three-room house which we lived in. Other relatives also cold-shouldered us, fearing that we would borrow money from them. In time of crisis, they not only didn’t give us a hand, but instead exposed their greedy nature, trying to drive us away. Despite my tender years, I could feel the worldly evil and interpersonal ruthlessness from my mother’s helpless and tired eyes. During that period, in addition to helping my mother with the housework, I did nothing but to study hard. I made up my mind to enter a good university through efforts and take my mother and younger brother away from the heartbreaking place. Therefore, I was very hardworking and always came out on top. I entered the best junior school and high school in our place. When I saw my mother’s contented smile, I felt very happy and became more hardworking, for I wanted to change my fate with my own efforts. However, things went crisscross. Two months before the college entrance examination, I was sleepless and had nightmares every night because of overdue stress. Sometimes, I couldn’t fall asleep anymore after waking up from nightmares. I had no choice but to stare at the ceiling and wait for dawn. Even though I did all I could, my ability fell short of my wishes. The examination results came out, and I failed to enter my dream university. At that moment, I was utterly disheartened and again fell into loneliness and helplessness, feeling the emptiness and meaninglessness of life. Suddenly, I couldn’t find my direction of life and lost my motivation because of my shattered dream. It seemed that I returned to the moment when I was seven years old, like an orphan who had wandered for years and couldn’t find the way home….
When I felt perplexed at the first crossroad of my life, ’s end-time work came upon my mother. I felt so curious and puzzled when I found a sunny smile on her face, which I hadn’t seen for a long time. My sadness and helplessness laid in both my shattered dream and my indebtedness to her years of sacrifice and expectation. However, she didn’t feel disappointed for my failure in entering the ideal university. Instead, she comforted me in earnest, “My child, it doesn’t matter that you failed to enter the university. I used to work hard for money. It’s true that I expected you to enter the university and stand out from others. Because of that, I supported you for education despite great hardship. Through reading , I finally understood that man’s destiny is in the ’s hand rather than in his own hand. Thus, no matter how hard one tries, it is all in vain. Only if we rely on God can we see His proper arrangement for our destiny.” Then she read a passage of Almighty God’s word to me, “All men’s destinies are in God’s hand. You cannot control yourself. Even if man is always running about and busy for himself, he cannot control himself. If you could touch your future and control your destiny, would you be called a created being? Anyway, whatever work God does is for mankind, just as the heavens and the earth and all things created by God are for serving man. He created the moon, the sun, and the stars for man, created animals and plants for man, made spring, summer, autumn, and winter for man, and so on. He did all these for man’s existence. So, no matter how He chastises and judges man, it is for saving man. Even if He deprives man of his fleshly hope, it is still for purifying man. And purifying man is for man’s existence. All men’s destinations are in the hand of the Creator. How could men control themselves?” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Then she started to fellowship with me about God’s will, “Today God came to the world to save men. He wants to seek those who have been severely afflicted by Satan and suffered many hardship in the world but can truly seek and believe in Him. God’s heart is grieved because He has worked among men for many years but few know that. God feels sad for the innocent ones who live in the darkness and misery. He hopes that we can all come before Him and accept the salvation and blessing from Him.” Then she asked me to read more of Almighty , “The Almighty has mercy on these people who suffer deeply. At the same time, He is fed up with these people without any consciousness, because He has to wait too long for the answer from humans. He desires to seek your heart and your spirit. He wants to bring you food and water and to awaken you, so you are no longer thirsty, no longer hungry. When you are weary and when you begin to feel the desolation of this world, don’t be perplexed, don’t cry. Almighty God, the Watcher, will embrace your arrival any time. He is there by your side, waiting for you to turn back. He is waiting for the day your memory suddenly recovers: becoming conscious of the fact that you came from God, somehow and somewhere once lost, falling unconscious on the roadside, and then, unknowingly having a ‘father.’ You further realize that the Almighty has been there awaiting your return all along. He longs bitterly, waiting for a response without an answer. His wait is priceless and is for the heart and the spirit of humans. Perhaps this wait is indefinite, and perhaps this wait is at its end. But you should know exactly where your heart and soul are now.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) While reading these words which I had never heard before, I felt that every single word was so sincere and moving, as if a mother was softly calling her children who had wandered away for several years. Although I hadn’t known or understood Him, I could feel His concern and admonishment for human beings between the lines. Little by little, my heart was moved and warmed. I could see light and hope and had the feeling of being cared and comprehended. My gloomy heart suddenly became enlightened. At that moment, I finally had the direction and motivation to move forward. In these words, I found my way home.
After that, I read more words of Almighty God. Especially every time I read that God was incarnated and endured great humiliation to save us who had been deeply afflicted by Satan, I was greatly moved. Almighty God says, “All those who have read the know that when the Lord was born, there happened many things. The biggest among them was that He was hunted by the king of devils and even all children under the age of two in the whole city were killed. It can be seen that what a great risk God took when He was incarnated and came among men, that what a great price God paid in order to accomplish His management of saving mankind, and that what a great expectation God had for His being incarnated to work among men. When God’s flesh was adequate to undertake the work among men, how did God’s heart feel? Man should know something about it, right? At least, God’s heart was happy, because His new work could be carried out among men. When the was baptized and formally began to do His work and perform His ministry, God’s heart was extremely happy, because after having waited and prepared for so many years, God finally could put on a normal human flesh and begin to do His new work in the image of a man who had blood and flesh and who could be seen and touched by man. He finally could speak with man face to face and have a heart-to-heart talk with man face to face in the capacity of a man, and He finally could be face to face with man in human language and in a human way, could supply man or guide and help man in human language, could eat at the same table and live in the same space with man, and also could look at mankind, look at things, and look at everything in a human way and even with human eyes. These, to God, meant that His work in the flesh had succeeded in the first battle, or it could be said to have been crowned with success. That was certainly the happiest thing to God. From that moment, God felt for the first time a kind of comfort for His working among men. All this happened so practically and so naturally, and the comfort God felt was so real. This is because to mankind, whenever God accomplishes a stage of new work and whenever God feels gratified, it is the time mankind can come nearer to God and is also the time man comes closer to being saved; to God, it is the time His new work can be carried out and His management plan progresses forward, much more the time His will can come closer to complete accomplishment. It is fortunate and great to mankind that such an opportunity comes to them. To all those waiting for God’s salvation, it is extremely good news.” (from Continuation of The Word Appears in The Flesh) Through these words, I knew that the work done by God in His flesh every time was the need of us corrupt mankind. In this age, there is no understanding, love, consideration, or forbearance between people. Everyone is selfish and lives for money, fame, position, and enjoyment. To achieve their own aim, they intrigue against one another, fight overtly and covertly, suspect each other, and even lose their humanity and morality. In such an acquisitive world, the innocent mankind are crying and moaning in misery. Only the Creator observes all of these, and He cannot bear that we live in corruption and are trampled by Satan. Therefore, He is eager to save mankind from the abyss of misery, so that they can live in light, live in the pleasant destination prepared by God for mankind in the beginning. God comes in the flesh again to express His word. It contains God’s great love and salvation for mankind. God’s heart is delighted when He saves mankind personally. We are so lucky and happy to accept His salvation.
So far, I have been following Almighty God for eight years. I often read God’s word together with other brothers and sisters. Time and again, my heart is moved and warmed by His word. I feel the love which can never be found in this world. Finally, I find my true home where I will never feel lonely or unassisted.
If you, just like me, have been hurt by this world, unable to feel the warmth of the world or find the direction of going forward, reduced to despair and helplessness, please read the word of Almighty God. You will find the way you should walk.
My friends, no matter how far you go away, please don’t forget to come home.
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