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One day, I read a short story: After a shipwreck, the sole survivor drifted toward an uninhabited island with the tide. Day after day he sincerely prayed to God to save him out of this place earlier so that he could return to his hometown. And every day he gazed out to sea to see if there was any sign of ship. But there was nothing except a vast expanse of water. Later, he used wood of the island to build a shanty to protect himself in the perilous environment and to store all his remains. But one day when he finished fishing and went back, he suddenly found that his shanty was in roaring flames with heavy smoke climbing up to the sky continuously. The most miserable thing was that all his possessions had become nothing. He was grieved and yelled up at the sky, “Oh God! How could you act so?” He lost the shanty for shelter, and had a really rough night in great fear. Early the next morning, he was awakened by the siren of a ship approaching the island. Yes, someone was coming to rescue him. When on board, he asked the crew, “How do you know I’m here?” They replied, “Because we have seen the signal-like thick smoke.”
After reading this story, I perceived that when we sometimes encounter difficulties and tribulations or have something deprived, it may not necessarily be a bad thing. Just like the survivor on the island, a fire burned down his hut, but the sailors found the heavy smoke, then rescued him from the island, and brought him back to his hometown. All things and events are under God’s control. Despite the sufferings, refinements, frustrations and failures we encounter, it contains God’s love. When we don’t know His will and have no knowledge of His work, we will misunderstand God and complain against Him. But He has mercy on our weakness; when we suffer misfortunes, hopelessness and disappointment, He is always watching over and protecting us, rescuing us time after time. Just as God says, “basically every individual has encountered many dangerous situations and undergone many temptations. This is because Satan is right there beside you, its eyes fixed on you constantly. It likes it when disaster strikes you, when calamities befall you, when nothing goes right for you, and likes it when you are caught in Satan’s net. As for God, He is protecting you constantly, keeping you from one misfortune after another and from one disaster after another. This is why I say that everything man has—peace and joy, blessings and personal safety—is in fact all under God’s control, and He guides and decides the life and fate of every individual.” Psalms ofsays, “Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you; which you have worked for them that trust in you before the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret of your presence from the pride of man: you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Blessed be the LORD: for he has showed me his marvelous kindness in a strong city” (Psalms 31:19-21). God’s work is unfathomable, but His love for us humans is eternally immutable. That God created the heavens and the earth and all things is for us mankind, and all He does is for us mankind to live better. God rules over and guides the life and fate of every one of us, so we all spend our life in safety under His care and protection.
Maybe you are at a low point in your life or encounter hardships at the moment, but please don’t lose your confidence because of this. As long as we truly rely on God and believe that He is watching by our sides, perhaps one day soon, we will see that something unpleasant is exactly God’s great protection and salvation toward us, and is the moment that He stretches out His hands of salvation toward us.
If something unpleasant happens in your life, please keep your chin up, as it is a signal for rescue— “the burning cabin”, and the saving ship is quietly approaching you. Here I share with you “the lifeboat” that once saved me— “The Sighing of the Almighty.”
The Offering of Isaac - Genesis 22 1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said to him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and get you into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you of. 3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and split the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, Abide you here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. 6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 7 And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? 8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. 9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar on the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. The Sacrifice Averted 11 And the angel of the LORD called to him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lay not your hand on the lad, neither do you any thing to him: for now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from me. 13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. 15 And the angel of the LORD called to Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, said the LORD, for because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son: 17 That in blessing I will bless you, and in multiplying I will multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is on the sea shore; and your seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 18 And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice. 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelled at Beersheba. Recommended: God Treasures One Who Can Listen to His Word and Obey Him Why Did God Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac? The Work of God’s Management and Salvation of Mankind Begins With Abraham’s Offering of Isaac God Only Cares About Those Who Are Able to Obey His Words and Follow His Commands
The Crossing of the Jordan (Joshua 3:1-17), And Joshua rose early in the morning; and they removed from Shittim, and came to Jordan, he and all the children of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. And it came to pass after three days, that the officers went through the host;
Jonah's Prayer Jonah 2:1-10 Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God out of the fish's belly, And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice. For you had cast me into the deep, in the middle of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all your billows and your waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of your sight; yet I will look again toward your holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet have you brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in to you, into your holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spoke to the fish, and it vomited out Jonah on the dry land. After reading the tale of prophet Jonah, I was moved by God’s love! The people’s wickedness in Nineveh had come up before God. Jonah rejected the call of God because he was not willing to see God save these people who committed many evil deeds. It can be seen that man is selfish and has no love for others while God’s love is selfless. He sent Jonah to Nineveh again to convey His will. Finally, the people in Nineveh had truly repented and gained God’s tolerance and mercy. From this we can see that God has devoted tremendous His efforts to mankind. God is unwilling to destroy humanity as long as there’s half a chance. He hopes mankind can continue to exist. Extended Reading: The Creator Expresses His True Feelings for Humanity The Creator’s Sincere Feelings Toward Mankind Only the Creator Takes Pity on This Mankind Knowing God: Is God Always Merciful and Loving?