1. How hard God’s work on earth is! The steps of His work involve great hardship: Man’s weakness, deficiencies, childishness, ignorance, and everything of man—each is meticulously planned and scrupulously considered by God. Man is like a paper tiger that one dare not bait or provoke; at the merest touch he bites back, or else falls down and loses his way, and it is as if, at the slightest loss of concentration, he relapses, or else ignores God, or runs to his pig father and dog mother to indulge in the impure things of their bodies. What a great hindrance! What a great hindrance!
2. At practically each step of His work, God is put on trial, and almost every step brings great danger. His words are sincere and honest, and without malice, yet who is willing to accept them? Who is willing to fully submit? It breaks God’s heart. He toils day and night for man, He is beset by anxiety for man’s life, and He sympathizes with man’s weakness. He has endured many twists and turns in each step of His work, for every word that He speaks; He is ever between a rock and a hard place, and thinks of man’s weakness, disobedience, childishness, and vulnerability … around the clock over and over again. Who has ever known this? Who can He confide in? Who can He confide in? Who would be able to understand?
3. Ever does He loathe the sins of man, and the lack of backbone, the spinelessness, of man, and ever does He worry for the vulnerability of man, and contemplate the path that lies ahead of man, contemplate the path that lies ahead of man; always, as He observes the words and deeds of man, does it fill Him with mercy, does it fill Him with mercy, and anger, and always does the sight of these things bring pain to His heart. The innocent, after all, have grown callous; why must God always make things difficult for them? Feeble man is utterly bereft of perseverance; why should God always have such unabating anger toward him? Weak and powerless man no longer has the slightest vitality; why should God always chide him for his disobedience? Who can withstand the threats of God in heaven?
4. Man, after all, is fragile, and in desperate straits, God has pushed His anger deep into His heart, so that man may slowly reflect upon himself. Yet man, who is in grave trouble, has not the slightest appreciation of God’s will; he has been trampled underfoot by the old king of devils, yet is completely unaware, he always sets himself against God, or is neither hot nor cold toward God. God has spoken so many words, yet who has ever taken them seriously? God has spoken so many words, yet who has ever taken them seriously? God has spoken so many words, yet who has ever taken them seriously?
from “Work and Entry (8)” in The Word Appears in the Flesh