God’s words in this video are from the book “A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh.”
The content of this video:
Walk in God’s Ways: Fear God and Shun Evil
God Tests by Various Trials Whether Men Fear God and Shun Evil
Not Fearing God and Shunning Evil Is Standing in Opposition to God
The word of Jehovah God mentions that “you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.” What did Job say? That was the words we have mentioned above, and the many words of Job recorded in the Book of Job. In all these many words, he did not have any complaints or suspicions about God but was just waiting for a result. His waiting was his obedient attitude. Due to his attitude and due to what he said to God, God accepted him. When he was tried and suffered, God was just by his side. Although his pain was not appeased in the least on that account, God saw what he wanted to see and heard what he wanted to hear. Every scene of what Job did and every word he said reached God’s eyes and ears, and God heard it and saw it. This was a fact. Actually, Job’s knowledge of God and his view of God in his heart at that time, in that age, were not as specific as those of people now. But according to the background at that time, God still approved what Job said, because his thoughts and actions and what he manifested and expressed already measured up to God’s requirement. During the time when Job was tried, what he thought and determined to do in his heart showed God a result, and the result was satisfactory to God. Later, God took away the trials, and then, Job went out of the painful situation. Thereafter, the trials upon Job disappeared and never came again. Because he had undergone the trials and had stood and thoroughly triumphed over satan in the trials, God blessed him justifiably. Just as what is recorded in Job 42:10 and 12, Job once again received God’s blessing and received more than he had before. At that time, satan retreated, and it said nothing more and did nothing more. From then on, Job was never again disturbed or attacked by satan, and God’s blessing to him was never again accused by satan.
What kind of God is the God you believe in now? Have you thought about that? Does he feel hatred when he sees the wicked do evil? (Yes.) What attitude does he have when he sees a foolish person makes a mistake? (Being sorrowful.) What attitude does he have when he sees someone steals his offerings? (Hating.) You are all very clear about these, right? What attitude does God have when he sees a person muddles on in believing in God and does not pursue the truth at all? You are not very clear about this, right? The attitude of “muddling on” is not sinning, nor does it offend God. In man’s heart, he does not think that it should be a great wrong. Then what do you say God’s attitude is? (Ignoring.) “Ignoring,” then what is his inner attitude? He looks down on such a person and despises such a person! Toward him, God adopts a manner of cold treatment, which is laying him aside—not doing any work on him, such as giving inspiration, enlightenment, chastening, or discipline. This kind of person is not counted in God’s work. What is God’s attitude toward those who provoke his disposition and offend his administrative decrees? Extremely loathing! With those who provoke his disposition and yet do not repent, God feels extremely angry! “Angry” is only a feeling, a mood, and it cannot represent a definite attitude. However, such a feeling, such a mood, can bring upon those people an outcome, that is, being extremely loathed by God! Then what is the consequence of this “being extremely loathed”? God puts them aside and gives them no attention for the time being, and will settle with them “after the autumn harvest.” What is the implication of that? Will such people have an outcome? God has no intention of giving them an outcome! So isn’t it very normal that God ignores them now? (Yes.) What should such people be ready for now? They should be ready to take the pernicious consequence brought by the evil they have done and by their own actions. This is God’s declaration to such people. So now I clearly tell this kind of people not to cherish any illusion or harbor any wishful thinking. God will not tolerate man timelessly or bear with man’s transgressions and man’s disobedience timelessly. Some people may say, “I have seen several people of this kind. When they prayed, they were particularly moved by God, weeping in tears. At ordinary times, they are quite cheerful and seem to have God’s presence and God’s guidance.” Don’t say this rashly! “Weeping in tears” does not necessarily mean that they are moved by God or have God’s presence, much less can it be said that they have God’s guidance. Since they have infuriated God, could God still guide them? In a word, when God is determined to eliminate or give up a person, he already has no outcome. No matter how good he himself feels when praying and how great is his faith in God within, these are not important anymore. What is important is that God does not need such a faith and God has detested and rejected such a person. Besides, how to deal with him later is not important either. What is important is that the moment he infuriates God, his outcome is already decided. If God is determined not to save such a person, then he will leave him to be punished. This is God’s attitude.
God has the element of love in his substance, and he has mercy on everyone, but men all neglect and forget the point that he has dignity in his substance. He has love but it does not mean that man can offend him at will and yet he does not have any feeling or any response. He has mercy but it does not mean that he has no principles in treating man. God is living and exists truly and really. He is not a puppet or a certain object conceived by man. Since he exists, we should always listen attentively to his heart’s voice, pay attention to his attitudes, and know his feelings. Do not circumscribe God by man’s imaginations; do not impose on God what man thinks in his mind or what man hopes in his will and ask God to treat a person in man’s way and according to man’s imaginations. If you do so, you are infuriating God, you are tempting God’s fury, and you are challenging God’s dignity! So, after you know the seriousness of this matter, I advise every one of you present to be careful and cautious in doing things and be careful and cautious in speaking. In the matter of treating God, you must be doubly cautious and doubly careful! Before you know what God’s attitude is, do not speak rashly, do not do things recklessly, and do not stick labels indiscriminately, much less draw conclusions at will, but wait and seek. This is a manifestation of fearing God and shunning evil. If you can first live up to this and first have such an attitude, God will not blame you for being foolish, ignorant, and not sensible, but will remember you, guiding and inspiring you or tolerating your immatureness and ignorance, because you have such an attitude as fearing to offend God, respecting God’s will, and being willing to obey God. Otherwise, God will condemn you, discipline or even punish you, or give a conclusion about you due to your disdainful attitude toward God—passing judgment on God at will and guessing and defining God’s will as you please. The conclusion will probably have to do with your outcome. So I want to stress again and tell every one of you present to be careful and cautious in treating whatever is from God. Do not speak rashly; do not do things recklessly. Before you want to say anything, you should first think: Will I infuriate God if I do so? Will I be fearing God if I do so? Even if it is a simple thing, you should ponder and think it over and over in your heart. If you can truly practice according to such a principle in any place, in any thing, and at any time, and especially in the things you do not understand, you can also have such an attitude, then God will guide you at all times, so that you will have the way to go. No matter what manifestations you have, God can see them clearly and distinctly, and God will give an accurate and proper evaluation of these manifestations of yours. When you have experienced the final trial, God will sum up all your deeds together to decide your outcome. Such a decision will make everyone sincerely convinced. Here what I want to tell you is: What you practice, what you do, and what you think in your heart determine your destiny.
About Job Himself
After learning about the whole course of Job’s experiencing the trials, most people, I believe, begin to have interest in the information about Job himself, and are especially concerned about the “secret” of how Job received God’s approval. Now let’s talk about Job himself here!
Job’s Perfectness and Uprightness and His Fearing God and Shunning Evil Are Seen in His Daily Life
To talk about Job himself, let’s start from the evaluation of Job from God’s mouth “that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil.”
First, let’s learn about Job’s perfectness and uprightness.
How do you understand the “perfectness and uprightness” spoken of here? You think Job was so flawless and so upright, don’t you? Of course, this is the literal interpretation and understanding. If we want to truly know about Job himself, we cannot divorce it from the real life. If we only focus on the letters, books, and doctrines, we cannot find any answer. Let’s first look at how Job lived in his daily life, that is, look at what his usual behavior in his life was, and through it know about Job’s living principles and his goal of life and also know about the quality of Job’s humanity and his pursuit. Now, let’s see the last word in Job 1:3, “so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.” This word means that Job had a very high position and status at that time. Here it does not tell that Job was the greatest of all the men of the east because he had great possessions or because he “was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and shunned evil.” Anyway, Job had a favored position and status in people’s eyes. This is the first impression people had about Job in the Bible: Job was a perfect man and one that “feared God and shunned evil”; he had large wealth and also a respectable position. As to a normal man who had such living environment and conditions, his daily diet, the quality of his life, and every aspect of his private life attracted the attention of most people. So, we must continue to read the following scriptures in the Bible: And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. (Job 1:4-5) This passage of scripture records two things: The first is that Job’s sons and daughters often feasted and ate and drank together, and the second is that Job often offered burnt offerings, because he was often worried for his sons and daughters, afraid that they might have sinned and cursed God in their hearts. These two things are the accounts of different lives of two kinds of people. One is about the kind of people like Job’s sons and daughters. They often feasted and lived a luxurious life because of their rich life. They indulged in the life of eating and drinking their fill and enjoyed a life of superior quality brought by abundant material things. Living such a life, they often sinned and offended God unavoidably. But they did not sanctify themselves, nor did they offer burnt offerings for that. It can be seen that these people did not have a place for God in their hearts and that they did not contemplate God’s grace or fear offending God, much less fear cursing God in their hearts. Of course, the details about Job’s sons and daughters are not what we are concerned about. The focus of our talk is what Job did when he encountered these things, which is the other thing recorded in this passage of scripture. This thing is involved with the substance of Job’s humanity and his daily life. The scriptures record that when Job’s sons and daughters feasted, Job did not participate in it, and only his sons and daughters often ate and drank together. That is to say, Job neither feasted nor was merry with his sons and daughters, indulging in extravagant eating and drinking. Although he was rich and had all kinds of possessions and many servants, his life was not luxurious, and he did not, because of his being rich, indulge in a superior living environment, hanker after fleshly enjoyment, or forget to offer burnt offerings, much less gradually depart from God in his heart. It can be seen that Job was discreet in his life. He did not become greedy or love enjoyment or pay much attention to the quality of his life because of God’s blessing to him. Moreover, he was humble in doing things, modest in conducting himself, and careful and cautious before God, often contemplated God’s graces and blessings, and always had a heart of fearing God. In his daily life, he often rose up early in the morning and offered burnt offerings for his sons and daughters. This means that Job not only feared God himself but also hoped that his sons and daughters could fear God like him and would not commit offense against God. That is, rich material things did not occupy Job’s heart or take the place of God in his heart, and all that he did in his daily life, whether for his sons and daughters or for himself, had to do with “fearing God and shunning evil.” His fear of Jehovah God was not just on his lips, but was put into practice and manifested in every bit of his daily life. Such actual manifestations of Job show us Job’s honesty and Job’s substance of loving justice and positive things. He often “sent and sanctified them,” and this means that he did not agree with or approve their actions but loathed and condemned them in his heart. He was sure that the actions of his sons and daughters were displeasing to Jehovah God, so he often asked them to confess their sins before Jehovah God. This action of Job shows us another aspect of his humanity; that is, he never walked with those who often sinned and offended God but stayed away from them and shunned them. Although they were his sons and daughters, he did not abandon his principle in conducting himself because of his blood relationship with them or tolerate their sins because of affection, but exhorted them to confess their sins to be tolerated by Jehovah God, and he also warned them not to forsake God because of hankering after enjoyment. Job’s principles in treating people are inseparable from his principle of fearing God and shunning evil. He loved what God accepted, hated what God loathed, loved those who feared God in their hearts, and hated those who did evil and did things that offended God. His love and hatred were manifested in his daily life. This is Job’s uprightness God saw with his eyes. Of course, this is also the expression and living out of Job’s real humanity in dealing with people in his daily life which we need to know about.
2. Satan Tempted Job the First Time (his livestock were taken away; his sons and daughters were hit by a calamity)
1) God’s Word
(Job 1:8) And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil?
(Job 1:12) And the LORD said to Satan, Behold, all that he has is in your power; only on himself put not forth your hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
2) Satan’s Answer
(Job 1:9-11) Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Does Job fear God for nothing? Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.
God Allowed Satan to Tempt Job for the Purpose of Perfecting Job’s Faith
The word in Job 1:8 is the first conversation between Jehovah God and satan we have read in the biblical records. What did God say? The text records as follows: And the LORD said to Satan, Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil? This is God’s evaluation of Job before satan. God said that he was perfect and upright and feared God and shunned evil. Before his conversation with satan, God had determined to use satan to tempt Job, that is, to deliver Job to satan. The purpose of doing so, on the one hand, was to prove the exact accuracy of God’s searching and evaluation of Job and to put satan to shame through Job’s testimony. On the other hand, it was to perfect Job’s faith and fear of God. So, when satan came before God, God “came straight to the point” and asked satan directly, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God, and shuns evil?” God’s question contains such meaning: God knew that satan roamed everywhere and often spied on his servant Job and often tempted and attacked him. It attempted to crush Job by a certain means to prove that Job’s faith and his fear of God were untenable, and it also looked for chances unscrupulously to afflict Job and cause him to forsake God, so that it could take him away from God’s hand. However, God searched Job’s heart and saw that he was perfect and upright and that he feared God and shunned evil. God told satan by questioning that Job was a perfect and upright man, one that feared God and shunned evil, and that he would never forsake God and follow satan. Hearing God’s evaluation of Job, satan became more exasperated and was even more impatient to take Job away. This was because it never believed that man was able to be “perfect and upright” or believed that man could “fear God and shun evil,” and it also hated man’s perfectness and uprightness and hated anyone who could “fear God and shun evil.” Just as satan answered Jehovah in Job 1:9-11, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have not you made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he has on every side? you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth your hand now, and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.” God well knew satan’s malicious nature and also deeply knew that it had harbored the intention of afflicting Job for a long time. So, here, by telling satan again that Job was “a perfect and an upright man, one that fears God and shuns evil,” God was to get satan to submissively do what he wanted it to do—to show its true colors—to attack and tempt Job. That is to say, God purposely emphasized that Job was perfect and upright and feared God and shunned evil, and used this means to stir satan to make an attack against Job because of its hatred of and annoyance at Job’s “being perfect and upright and fearing God and shunning evil,” thus letting satan be shamed by Job’s “being perfect and upright and fearing God and shunning evil,” so that it could be utterly shamed and defeated and would never again doubt or accuse Job’s being perfect and upright and fearing God and shunning evil. Thus, a trial from God and a temptation from satan would be inevitable. And the one who could bear God’s trial and withstand satan’s temptation was only Job. After that conversation, satan was allowed to tempt Job. That was the first round of attack from satan. Its target was Job’s possessions. Because satan accused Job as follows: “Does Job fear God for nothing? …you have blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land,” God allowed satan to take away all that Job had. That was God’s intention of conversing with satan. But God made a requirement of satan: “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only on himself put not forth your hand.” (Job 1:12) It was the condition God made after he allowed satan to tempt Job and delivered Job into satan’s hand, that is, the bottom line God set for satan, ordering it not to do harm to Job. God acknowledged Job’s perfectness and uprightness and believed that Job’s uprightness and perfectness before him could withstand the test and was beyond doubt, so he allowed satan to tempt Job. Yet he set a limit for satan: satan was only allowed to take away any property of Job, but not to put forth its hand on him. What does this mean? It means that at that time God did not completely deliver Job to satan, and it was allowed to tempt Job in any way or means, but was not allowed to harm Job himself, not even a hair. That is because man’s everything is governed by God and man’s death or life is decided by God, and satan has no such right. After God said the word to satan, satan went anxiously. It went to tempt Job by various means. Soon, Job lost his flocks and herds all over the hills and lost all the possessions God bestowed to him…. God’s trial came upon Job just like that.
Although we know from the Bible the origin of the temptation Job underwent, did Job, as the “one concerned,” know about that? Job was only a mortal, and of course, he did not know the story that happened behind him. However, his fear of God and his perfectness and uprightness made him aware that it was God’s trial coming upon him. He did not know what had happened in the spiritual realm or what God’s intention was behind the trial, but he knew that no matter what came upon him, he should hold on to his perfectness and uprightness and hold fast the way of “fearing God and shunning evil.” Job’s attitude and reaction to these things were seen very clearly by God. What did God see? He saw Job’s heart of fearing him. That is because from the beginning to the end of Job’s undergoing the trial, his heart was always open to God and was laid before God, and he never gave up his perfectness and uprightness or forsook and departed from the way of “fearing God and shunning evil.” That was what God was most gratified with.
(Gen 6:18-22) But with you will I establish my covenant; and you shall come into the ark, you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every sort shall you bring into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every sort shall come to you, to keep them alive. And take you to you of all food that is eaten, and you shall gather it to you; and it shall be for food for you, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
When the world would be destroyed with a flood, God could call Noah to make an ark and do some preparatory works for God before the destruction of the world by a flood. God could call a man, Noah, to do the series of things for God. But in the present age, God has no one to call. Why is this? Maybe everyone present knows and is clear about the reason. Is it necessary for me to make this thing clear? If I speak of it, that may somewhat hurt your face and make everyone upset. Some say, “Although we are not just men, nor are we perfect men in God’s eyes, if God commands us to do a certain thing, we will be equal to it. This is because before, when it was said that the great disasters would come, we began to prepare food and the things needed in the disasters. Wasn’t all that done according to God’s requirement? Weren’t we very cooperative with God’s work? Then can’t we compare with Noah in doing these things? Isn’t our doing so true obedience? Isn’t our doing so acting according to what God has commanded us? Haven’t we also done according to God’s word because of believing it? Then why is God still grieved? And why does he say that he can find no one to call?” Is there any difference between the doings and behavior of these people and Noah’s? What is the difference? (It is out of our own will that today we have prepared those foods for disasters.) (Our doings and behavior all fall short of righteousness, while Noah was a just man in God’s eyes.) This word is somewhat relevant. There is a substantive difference between the things Noah did and the things people today did. When Noah did the things according to what God commanded him, he did not know what God’s will was or know what God would accomplish. God only gave him a charge, commanding him what he should do, without much explanation, and he just did according to it. He did not guess God’s intention secretly, and he did not have resistance against or have a double heart toward God, but he just did according to what God commanded him with a pure and simple heart, and whatever God told him to do, he did it. Obeying and listening to God’s word was the conviction behind his doing things. He was just so straightforward and so simple toward God’s commission. His substance, the substance of his action, was obedience, without suspicion or resistance, much less consideration of his personal interests or his personal gain or loss. Moreover, when God said he would destroy the world with a flood, he did not ask when or sound God out, much less ask how God would actually destroy the world. He just did according to what God commanded him. After God told him how to make the ark and of what it was to be made, he did everything according to what God commanded him. Furthermore, after God told him, he acted at once. He did according to God’s commandment with an attitude of satisfying God. Was his purpose for him himself to escape the disaster? No. Did he ever ask God how long it was to the destruction of the world? No. Then did he ask God or did he know how long it would take to make the ark? No, he didn’t know either. He just obeyed, listened, and did what he was told to do with simplicity. The people today, however, are different: When God’s word conveys a small hint or when they sense the slightest sign of something, they immediately take action themselves to prepare food, drink, and the things to use for themselves in the future in all desperation and at all cost, and they even make ready the route to flee for their life when the disasters befall. The more interesting thing is that man’s head is of much “use” at crucial moments. Under a situation in which God has not given any commandment, people have made proper arrangements themselves for the things that may happen to them in the future, which can be described with one word—“perfect.” As to what God says, what God’s will is, and what God wants, no one cares about them or tries to comprehend them. Isn’t this the greatest difference between the people today and Noah?
In the record of the story of Noah, you have also seen some of God’s disposition, haven’t you? With God, there is a limit to his being patient with the corruption, filthiness, and violence of mankind. When his patience has been taxed to the limit, he will not be patient anymore, but begin his new management and new plan and begin to do what he wants to do to manifest his deeds and manifest another aspect of his disposition. This “doing” of his is not for the purpose of revealing that he does not tolerate man’s offense, that he is full of authority and wrath, or that he can destroy mankind, but means that his disposition and his holy substance will no longer allow or tolerate such a mankind to live before him or live under his dominion. Therefore, when the whole mankind is at enmity with him and when there is no one he can save on the whole earth, he will no longer be patient with such a mankind, but will unhesitatingly carry out his plan—destroying such a mankind. Such an action of God is determined by his disposition, and it is an inevitable result and is also the consequence each created being living under God’s dominion must take. Hence, isn’t God very eager to fulfill his plan and save the human beings he wants to save in the present age? Against such a background, what does God care about the most? It is not how those who simply do not follow him or who always oppose him treat him or resist him, or how mankind slanders him. Rather, he only cares about whether those who follow him, the objects of his salvation in his management plan, have been made complete by him and whether they have come up to his satisfaction. To those other than his followers, he only gives small “punishments” every now and then to show his wrath, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and so on. At the same time, he does his utmost to keep and watch over those who follow him and who are about to be saved by him. This is God’s disposition: On the one hand, God can show extremely great patience and tolerance to the human beings he will make complete and can wait for them to the utmost; on the other hand, God hates and loathes bitterly the brood of satan that do not follow him and are hostile to him. Although he does not care whether the brood of satan will follow him or whether they can worship him, he is hating them while being patient in his heart, and he is waiting for the step of his management plan to come while deciding the outcome of the brood of satan.