971 Man Grows Under the Protection of God

I

Whenever Satan corrupts man or inflicts unbridled harm upon man,

God does not stand idly by,

and neither does He brush aside or turn a blind eye to those He has chosen.

Instead, without attracting any attention—secretly, silently—

God does everything that He intends to do.

In the process of growing up,

you may encounter many things that are not to your liking,

such as illness and frustration.

But as you walk this path,

your life and your future are strictly under God’s care,

are strictly under God’s care.

God gives you a genuine guarantee to last all your life,

for He is right there beside you, guarding you and looking after you.

You live under God’s gaze, growing up, maturing.


II

During this period, the most important thing that God has to do

is to guarantee this safety of yours

and that you will not be devoured by Satan.

God’s love is practical:

Through the grace of God, man avoids one disaster after another,

and all the while God shows tolerance time and again for man’s weaknesses.

The judgment and chastisement of God allow people to gradually come to know

mankind’s corruption and satanic essence.

That which God provides, His enlightenment of man and His guidance

all allow mankind to know more and more the essence of truth,

and to increasingly know what people need,

what road they should take, what they live for,

the value and meaning of their lives, and how to walk the road ahead.


III

These methods that God uses to work on man

are a continual effort to awaken the heart of man, to awaken man’s spirit,

to enable man to understand from where they came,

who is guiding, supporting and providing for them,

and who has allowed man to live until the present day;

they are a means to enable man to understand who is the Creator,

whom they should worship, what kind of road they should walk,

and in what way man should come before God;

they are a means to gradually revive the heart of man,

so that man knows God’s heart, understands God’s heart,

and comprehends the great care and thought behind His work to save man.

All that God does for every individual is beyond doubt;

He leads everyone by the hand,

looks after you with every passing moment and has never once left your side.


IV

As people grow up in this kind of environment and with this kind of background,

they in fact grow up in the palm of God’s hand.

In the long course of human life,

almost every individual has encountered many dangerous situations

and faced many temptations.

This is because Satan is standing beside you,

its eyes constantly fixed on you.

When disaster strikes you, Satan revels in this;

when calamities befall you, when nothing goes right for you,

when you become entangled in Satan’s web,

Satan takes great enjoyment from these things.

Whereas, God is protecting you with each passing moment,

steering you away from one misfortune after another

and from one disaster after another.

This is why everything man has—

peace and joy, blessings and personal safety—

is in fact all under God’s control;

He guides and decides the fate of every individual.


from The Word, Vol. 2. On Knowing God. God Himself, the Unique VI

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