The Lord has come secretly before disasters. How can we welcome Him?
“A Tale Of Momentum & Inertia” – Short Film
Although this film is short, different people have different thoughts about it. The story relates a rock giant who accidentally lets a boulder roll down a mountain toward a small coastal village while he is carrying rocks on top of the mountain. The rock giant leaps to save the village, but his final move destroys the village tower. The villagers blow the horn at once and attack blindly. When arrows and shells rain on the rock giant and tickle him, he gets annoyed, so he lets the boulder pulverize the village. Immediately the coastal village is razed to the ground, and then the rock giant leaves.
What strikes me most about this short film is that the villagers don’t see clearly the fact but attack mindlessly, and bring themselves a greater disaster at last. This reminds me of what happens in our daily life. When something unpleasant or bad comes upon us, we immediately complain and resist. Also, our spirits grow darker and darker. If we change our mind and be quiet before God to pray and seek more, the result will be different. For God’s permission and His good intentions are present in everything that occurs. For example, Joseph was sold to Egypt because of his brothers’ jealousy of him, and then put into jail because of the hostess’ frame-up, but he didn’t complain against God at all. Afterward, he was appointed to prime minister after he interpreted dreams for the Egyptian pharaoh, and made Egypt the only place where there was plenty of food in famine years. Although Joseph suffered a lot, he obeyed God, so at last everything in his life got better. Another example is Job. While Job was tempted and attacked by Satan, he still held on to his, didn’t sin with his lips but feared God and shunned evil, and stood testimony for God, and even said, “the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Afterward, he received God’s greater blessings and completely cast off Satan’s bonds. These examples both inspire us a lot. If we can be quiet before God and seek His will while encountering bad things, we won’t ask for great trouble like the coastal villagers in the film.
God says, “If you wish to be perfected by God, you must learn to experience all things and be enlightened in all that you face. Whenever you are faced with something, be it good or bad, you should benefit from it and it should not cause you to become passive. No matter what, you should be able to consider it by standing on the side of God, and not analyze or study it from the perspective of man (this is a deviation in your experience). If this is the manner of your experience, then your heart will be taken over by the burdens for your life; you will live constantly in the light of God’s countenance and will not easily deviate in your practice. Such kind of man has great prospects.” “Your many experiences of failure, of weakness, and times of negativity could be said to be God’s trials of you. This is because everything comes from God, all things and events are in His hands. Whether you fail or whether you are weak and you stumble all rests on God and is within His grasp. From God’s side, this is a trial of you, and if you cannot recognize that, it will become temptation. There are two kinds of states that people should recognize: One comes from the Holy Spirit, and the other likely comes from Satan. One state is that the Holy Spirit illuminates you and allows you to know yourself, to detest and regret yourself and to be able to have genuine love for God, to set your heart on satisfying Him. The other state is that you know yourself, but you are negative and weak. It could be said that that is God’s refinement. It could also be said that it is Satan’s temptation. If you recognize that this is God’s salvation of you and that you are now incredibly in His debt, and if from now on you try to repay Him and no longer fall into such depravity, if you put your effort into eating and drinking His words, and if you always consider yourself to be lacking, and have a heart of longing, then this is God’s trial. After the suffering has ended and you are once again moving forward, God will still lead, illuminate, enlighten, and nourish you. But if you don’t recognize it and you are negative, simply abandoning yourself to despair, if you think this way, then Satan’s temptation has come upon you. When Job underwent trials, God and Satan were betting with each other, and God allowed Satan to afflict Job, to test him. Even though it was God testing Job, it was actually Satan that came upon him. For Satan, it was tempting Job, but Job was on God’s side and if that hadn’t been the case, he would have fallen into temptation.”
show us the way. Either good things or bad things we encounter are out of God’s permission. It’s also the time when God tests our faith. If we seek more and obey His orchestration and arrangements, we won’t fall into temptation, worry about losses and gains about these things or end up in bad results.