God’s Work, God’s Disposition, and God Godself (1)
Today we will fellowship about a very important topic. It is a topic we have been talking about from the beginning of God’s working until now, and it is very important to everyone. That is to say, this topic is an issue everyone can contact and must contact in the course of his believing in God, and it is a very important and unavoidable issue man cannot be apart from. Speaking of being important, what is most important to every believer in God? Some think it is most important to understand God’s will; some think it is most important to eat and drink more of God’s word; others think it is most important to know the self; and still others think it is most important to know how to be saved by God, how to follow God, and how to be able to satisfy God’s heart’s desire. Today we will lay aside all these topics and not talk about them. What will we talk about? We will talk about a topic concerning “God.” Isn’t this topic most important to everyone? What are the contents of the topic concerning “God”? Of course, this topic cannot be apart from God’s disposition, God’s substance, and God’s work. Then, today we will talk about “God’s work, God’s disposition, and God Godself.”
From the time people began to believe in God, they have contacted the topic of God’s work, God’s disposition, and God Godself. When God’s work is mentioned, some may say, “God’s work is done on us, and we are experiencing it every day. We are not strange to it.” When God’s disposition is mentioned, some may say, “God’s disposition is a subject we have been studying, probing into, and paying attention to all our life, and to us, it is not strange either.” As for God Godself, some may say, “God Godself is the One we follow and believe in, and he is also the One we pursue after; to us, he is not strange either.” Since the creation of the world, God has never stopped his work. During his work, he has been expressing his disposition and expressing his words in various ways, and at the same time, he has been constantly expressing himself and expressing his substance to mankind and expressing his will and requirements for mankind. Therefore, these subjects are not strange to anyone according to the letter. In fact, to those who follow God now, God’s work, God’s disposition, and God Godself are all very strange. Why do I say so? It is because when people are experiencing God’s work, they are also having dealings with God, and they feel that they have understood God’s disposition and known part of God’s disposition, and so none of them feels that he is strange to God’s work or to God’s disposition. People feel that they are very familiar with God and know a lot about God. But judging from the present situation, many people’s knowledge about God is only limited to the books, to the scope of their experience, to their imagination, and even more, to the facts they have seen with their eyes, and it is far from being in conformity with the true God Godself. Speaking of “far,” how far exactly is it? You may not be clear about it in your heart, or you may have some consciousness of it or a little feeling about it. But as far as God Godself is concerned, what people have known about him falls far short of the substance of the true God Godself. So, it is very necessary for us to raise the topic of “God’s work, God’s disposition, and God Godself” and have a systematic and specific fellowship about it.
In fact, God’s disposition is open rather than hidden to everyone. This is because God has never consciously avoided anyone nor ever consciously concealed himself to keep man from knowing him or understanding him, but instead, his disposition has been always open, facing everyone plainly at all times. In God’s management, God has been doing his work, facing everyone, and moreover, his work is done on everyone. While doing the work, he has been continuously expressing his disposition and continuously leading and supplying everyone with his substance and with what he has and is. In every age and every period, whether in favorable or adverse environments, God’s disposition is open to everyone and what he has and is is also open to everyone, just as his life supplies and sustains man unfailingly. But to some people, God’s disposition is hidden. Why do I say so? It is because although this kind of people are living in God’s work and although they are following God, they never try to understand God or want to know God, much less want to draw near to God. To them, once they know about God’s disposition, it will mean that their end has come and that they are judged and condemned by God’s disposition. So, this kind of people never want to know about God or know about God’s disposition or want to deeply know about God’s will or understand God’s will. They do not want to comprehend God’s will through conscious cooperation, but are just joyfully and tirelessly doing the things they want to do and believing in the god they are willing to believe in, believing in the imaginary god in their heart, the god in their notions, and believing in a god that “follows them like a shadow” in their daily life. For the true God Godself, they do not spare a glance, and they do not want to understand him or want to take notice of him, much less want to draw near to him, but instead they whitewash themselves and package themselves with the words expressed by God. Thus, they feel that they have succeeded in believing in God and have believed in God to the point of having God in their heart. In their heart, their imaginations, their notions, and their conclusions about God are leading them, while the true God Godself has nothing to do with them. Because once they know about the true God Godself, know about the true disposition of God, and know about what God has and is, it will mean that their doings, their belief, and their pursuit are condemned, therefore they are very unwilling to know about God’s substance and are very unwilling and reluctant to seek or pray on their own initiative so as to better know about God, know God’s will, and know about God’s disposition. They wish God were something fabricated, empty, and vague, and wish God were exactly the same God in their imagination, who can be ordered about by them and is inexhaustible in supply and always available for use. When they want to enjoy God’s grace, they ask God to be their grace; when they need blessings, they ask God to be their blessings; when they encounter an adverse environment, they ask God to boost their courage and be their rear guard. These people’s knowledge of God just remains in the scopes of grace and blessing, and their knowledge about God’s work, God’s disposition, and God is just limited to their imaginations and doctrines and letters. But there are a portion of people who are eager to know about God’s disposition, to see God Godself truly and clearly, and to know about God’s disposition and what God has and is truly and practically. This portion of people pursue the reality of the truth, pursue to be saved by God, and pursue to receive God’s conquering, salvation, and perfection of them. These people read God’s word with their heart, try to understand with their heart every environment God sets and the people, matters, and things God arranges for them every time, and pray and seek with a sincere heart. They want to know God’s will the most and want to know about the true disposition and substance of God the most, so that they will no longer offend God but will see more of God’s loveliness and the real aspect of God in their experience, so that there will be a true and real God in their heart, and so that God will have a place in their heart and they will no longer live in their imaginations and notions or live in vagueness. The reason why these people are eager to know about God’s disposition and know about God’s substance is that to them God’s disposition and God’s substance are what man needs at all times in his experience and are man’s life supply throughout his life. Once they know about God’s disposition, they will be able to fear God more and be able to cooperate with God’s work better, care for God’s will better, and perform their duty well. These are the two kinds of people’s attitudes toward God’s disposition. One kind of people do not want to know about God’s disposition. Although they say with their mouth that they want to know about God’s disposition, want to know God Godself, want to see what God has and is, and want to really and truly understand God’s will, in their heart they wish God did not exist. For these people always disobey and resist God, always contend with God for position in their heart, and often doubt and even deny God’s existence in their heart. They do not want God’s disposition or the true God Godself to occupy their heart, but only want to satisfy their own desires and only want to satisfy their own imaginations and their own ambitions. So, although this portion of people believe in God and although they follow God and can leave their families and give up their careers, they constantly do evil deeds. Some of them even steal offerings, some squander offerings, others even curse God privately, and still others take the advantage of their position to constantly testify themselves and exalt themselves, contend with God for people and for position, and have people adore them in every way and by every means, always trying to win others’ hearts and control them. Some even deliberately have others mistake them for God and thus treat them as God. They never say to others that they are corrupt men and they also have corruptions and arrogance and should not be adored and that no matter how well they do, it is of God’s uplifting and is what they should do. Why do they not say so? Because they deeply fear that they will lose their place in others’ hearts. So such people never exalt God or testify God. The reason why they do not exalt God or testify God is that they never try to know God. As they do not try to know God, can they gain knowledge of God? Impossible! So, although the several words in the topic of “God’s work, God’s disposition, and God Godself” are simple, they mean different things to different people. To those who often disobey God, resist God, and are hostile to God, they are condemnation; to those who pursue the reality of the truth and can often come before God to seek God’s will, no doubt they make them feel just like fish in water. So, when some among you hear that we will talk about God’s disposition and God’s work, their heads swim with a “buzz,” and they are full of resistance in their hearts, feeling terribly bad! But others, after hearing it, feel that this topic is exactly what they need, because it is of great benefit to them and is an indispensable part in their experience of life, is the key of keys, and is the foundation for man’s believing in God, which man cannot be apart from. Although this topic is both near and far and both strange and familiar to everyone, anyway it is that which everyone present must listen to and must know and understand. No matter how you treat this topic, how you regard it, and how you comprehend it, its significance cannot be neglected.