God has never changed His plan,
and man thinks those to whom God speaks His words
are diminishing in number,
as are those of whom He approves.
But God maintains
that His plan has never changed.
It is the faith and love of man
that is ever changing, ever waning,
so much so that it can happen
that a person goes from fawning over Him
to turning a cold shoulder,
even casting Him out.
God’s stance toward you will be lukewarm,
until He hates and punishes you.
And on the day of your punishment,
He will still see you, but you won’t see Him.
As life among you
has grown tedious to Him
and has become dull to Him,
He’s chosen a better place to live
to avoid the hurt of your words
and your unbearably sordid behavior,
that you no longer fool Him
or treat Him dismissively.
Before God leaves you, He must still exhort you
to refrain from doing what is at odds with the truth.
Rather, you should do that which is pleasing to all,
that which benefits all and your own destination,
otherwise the one who suffers in the midst of disaster
will be none other than yourself.
Adapted from “Prepare Sufficient Good Deeds for Your Destination” in The Word Appears in the Flesh