By Yu Lei
Thesays: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Mat 5:3). Judging from this, only the poor in spirit can enter into the kingdom of heaven. Then what on earth are the poor in spirit? What manifestation do they have?
One day, I saw such words in the Book of Job: “In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly” (Job 1:22). From this we could see that when encountering a thing, Job feared God, and did not freely say anything or make any comment about it. He had knowledge of God’s dominion over all things. Whatever happened to him, Job did not sin with his lips, but instead, he submitted to God’s sovereignty and arrangement. When all of Job’s property was stolen by robbers, and even his sons and daughters died from the disaster, instead of complaining about it, he fell down, prayed to God and obeyed God’s dominion and arrangement. Even though his whole body was covered in sore boils, his wife advised him and his friends passed judgments on him, Job did not complain and still praised God’s name. The reason why Job gained God’s approval was that he accepted and submitted to all things, and did not blindly make any comment on them. But the attitude of his three friends toward his trials was: They passed judgments on Job by their own conceptions and committed sins with their lips so that they offended God’s disposition, which aroused God’s anger. The reason why God became angry with them was that they freely passed judgments on everything God did in Job rather than prayed and sought God’s will. However, when Job encountered all these things, he neither committed sins with his lips nor blindly made comments on God’s work. Instead, he just prayed and sought to grasp God’s will, saying: “As God lives, who has taken away my judgment; and the Almighty, who has vexed my soul; All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter deceit” (Job 27:2-4). I have known from Job’s experience what humility is. That is to say, as a believer, when dealing with God’s work and facing something that is not in line with our notions, we cannot sin with our lips; we should obey, seek and wait, and we cannot define God’s work by our own notions and imaginations, or even judge that God can neither do this nor do that. For God’s thoughts are higher than man’s thoughts, and His work cannot be fathomed by us humans.
In the Bible there is such a prophecy: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” (Isa 7:14). In the Age of Law, God made a promise to the Israelites: When He came, His name would be Emmanuel. But in fact, He took the name of Jesus when He came, which was different from the literal meaning of the prophecy in the Bible. So, people did not admit that the Lord Jesus was the Christ and, the Pharisees denied the Lord Jesus according to the literal meaning of the prophecy in the Bible. Besides, they judged and condemned the Lord Jesus by their conceptions and imaginations, without the heart of seeking God’s will with humility. On the contrary, as long as the work and words of the Lord Jesus did not conform to their own ideas, they would oppose and condemn them, attempting to have a handle on Him. Just as the Bible said: “And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He has Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casts he out devils” (Mak 3:22). “And the Pharisees came forth, and began to question with him, seeking of him a sign from heaven, tempting him” (Mak 8:11). “And they send to him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words” (Mak 12:13). Many other verses like these showed that the Pharisees did not pray, seek and examine the work of God with humility when dealing with the work and the sermons of the Lord Jesus, but instead, they judged and condemned the Lord Jesus by their notions and imaginations. In the end, they met with God’s anger and punishment. On the contrary, Peter and other disciples accepted and submitted to the work of the Lord Jesus with humility. Instead of judging and condemning it by their own conceptions and imaginations, they seriously listened to the Lord’s fellowship and were in search of their knowledge of God so that they saw the work and words of the Lord Jesus were beyond man’s ability. For example: One word of the Lord Jesus could make the wind and the sea cease from raging, and make the dead rise, and with five loaves and two fish He fed 5,000 people. From this they saw the ability and authority of the Lord Jesus were from God, so they decided to follow Him. At last, they got His salvation. When the Lord Jesus asked Peter who He was, Peter replied: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Mat 16:16). And Jesus said to Peter, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood has not revealed it to you, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also to you, That you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Mat 17-19). Peter pursued the truth and searched for God’s will in all things. He practiced the truth with a heart of loving God to satisfy God. At last, he got God’s blessing and God gave him the key of the kingdom of heaven. From above examples, I have realized that if we want to enter into the kingdom of heaven, we must fear God and humbly seek the truth in all things. In addition, we cannot freely judge and condemn the work of God by our own notions and imaginations, but should pray and seek God’s will as a created being. Only in such a way, can we get the guidance, enlightenment, grace and blessing of God.
From the failures of Job’s three friends and the earliest Pharisees, I have realized that treating God’s work, we can’t judge and condemn it by our own conceptions and imaginations. Only if we search for the truth with a humble heart, just like Job and Peter, putting aside our own conceptions and imaginations to seek God’s work with humility, can we obtain God’s guidance and enlightenment and follow God’s footsteps. Nowadays, the last days have long come. It is just the time for the Lord to reappear to work, so we should search for the work of the Holy Spirit with humility. For where there is the, there is the appearance and work of God, just as the words mentioned many times in the Book of Revelation said: “He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” And God’s words said: “Since we are searching for the footprints of God, we must search for God’s will, for the words of God, for the utterances of God—for where there are the new words of God, there is the voice of God, and where there are the footsteps of God, there are the deeds of God. Where there is the expression of God, there is the appearance of God, and where there is the appearance of God, there exists the truth, the way, and the life. … If you desire to witness the appearance of God, if you wish to follow the footprints of God, then you must first transcend your own conceptions. You must not demand that God do this or that, much less should you place Him within your own confines and limit Him to your own conceptions. Instead, you should ask how you should seek the footprints of God, how you should accept the appearance of God, and how you should submit to the new work of God; that is what should be done by man.” God’s sheep can hear the voice of God, and if we want to gain and enter into the kingdom of heaven, firstly, we should put aside our own notions and imaginations. Besides, we should listen to the voice of God with humility. Only in this way, can we follow the footprints of God, attend the wedding feast of the Lamb and get God’s salvation.
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