When I arrived at my driving school, there were still stars winking in the sky. Our driving instructor said to us, “This is your final practice. Your test is coming at 8 o’clock. Good luck in your second driving test …”
The sun was rising as the driving test began. I was arranged to come onto the field first. My instructor told me the keys to the test again and again. Hearing my name called over the loudspeaker, I took a deep breath and walked to the car. Afterward, I got through my first task successfully. However, when I drove slowly to where the second task was waiting for me, I found that track was the most difficult one for me to drive on. I could only pray to God within for His guidance then. Just at the moment of my hesitation, another examinee’s name was called over the loudspeaker and came an announcement that she was failed for driving offences. Naturally, I “occupied” her track, the most familiar one to me. Finally, I passed the second driving test with full marks. It was God who made a way out for me.
After a few days, I got a call from my instructor. He said to me, “Now the third driving test is no longer monitored by instructors but by traffic police. Furthermore, the pass rate must be kept at 60%, which is to say, four out of ten examinees will be eliminated. Even though you do well in the test, traffic police can find any fault with you and end your test.” At these words, I was somewhat worried. The evening before the test, my aunt said repeatedly to me, “Give some money to the traffic police before the test. Then they won’t make things difficult for you.” I agreed with her in my heart and thought that is the way it works in today’s society: Money makes the world go round.
At bedtime, I came before God, telling Him about my experiences and gains of the day. When I spoke about the next day’s test, a passage of s suddenly came to my mind, “If the speech and conduct of a believer is always as casual and unrestrained as an unbeliever, then this believer is even more evil than the unbeliever …” (“A Warning to Those Who Do Not Practice the Truth”). Pondering these words of God and thinking back to my previous thought and plan, I saw there was no difference between my action and that of the unbelievers. When they encounter matters, they will give either gifts or red envelopes to others. For they live by satanic poisons, such as “With money, you can make the devil push the millstone,” “Those who give gifts to officials are not struck by them,” believing only by giving gifts can they get things done. In spite the fact that I have believed in God, my viewpoints were still the same as the unbelievers’. How could I be called a believer in God?
Early next morning, I brought the matter to God and prayed. After that, I opened the book and saw a passage of God’s words, “do not do shameful things. Be just and honorable when doing all things and make them presentable before God. …
“Whenever you do anything, you must examine whether your motivations are right. If you are able to act according to the requirements of God, then your relationship with God is normal. This is the minimum criterion. … Whenever you do or say anything, you must put your heart right, be righteous, and not be led by your emotions, or act according to your own will. These are the principles by which believers in God conduct themselves” (“How Is Your Relationship With God”). At that time, I felt God was face to face with me and personally taught me how to be a human. When facing with this matter, I wanted to rely on the life principles of worldly people to settle it, thinking that if I didn’t give money to the examiner, he would pick on me and not let me through. Because in today’s society, giving gifts has become a trend, and I have been unwittingly infected by the evil trend and have forgotten human principles God has taught us. God asks us to be a straightforward and genuine person. But I wanted to follow the evil trend to make a backdoor deal and did not believe that all matters and all things are in God’s hand. Through reading God’s words, I understood His will. Hence, I determined to let go of those life principles of worldly people, act in accordance with God’s words and be an aboveboard person.
On the day of my test, when on the way to the driving school I meditated on God’s words, “do not do shameful things. Be just and honorable when doing all things and make them presentable before God. …” I felt a joy and a peace because of finding a standard for being a human. After arriving, I heard a traffic policeman call out the names of examinees and their examiners. But by the end, I didn’t hear my name called. Surprised at this, I hurried to inquire the reason of my instructor. He told me those who weren’t called might be arranged to take the test last or in the afternoon. At that point, though I didn’t understand God’s will, I believed His arrangement is the best. So I settled down and waited patiently. After a while, a girl, my classmate, came bounding toward me and told me that she passed the test. It seemed inconceivable to me, because according to her ordinary results she couldn’t possibly be through. She told me mysteriously that the reason why she sailed through the test was because her father had given gifts to the examiners. And she asked me whether I gave gifts. I shook my head. Then she told me in all seriousness that, in today’s society which is full of material desires and advocates “Money talks”, a person like me who did not send gifts would fail the test. I looking at her young face, a feeling of sadness immediately welled up inside me: At such a beautiful age, she should have been artless, pure and honest, but instead her heart was filled with satanic poisons, which became her principles of doing things.
I remembered God’s words, “God loses the man of His original creation, and man loses the root of his beginning. This is the sorrow of this mankind.” It is because Satan reigns over the world that we all live under its domain. We are infected by various social tendencies, and all kinds of satanic poisons penetrate our souls day after day and month after month. As a result, we begin to play a trick, make an under-the-table deal, and do things that cannot stand in the light of day. Further, many people abandon the moral baseline, lose humanity, and are devoid of conscience. In this way, Satan’s corruption has left the man of God’s original creation as sordid and base as it. Many people live by Satan’s poisons and principles and thus stray farther and farther from God. With the time passing one second and one minute at a time, I heard seven or eight examinees were failed. At that moment, my instructor ran to my side and whispered to me, “Just now those people were failed due to not giving gifts. Now it’s impossible to pass the test without giving gifts.” Hearing these words, I couldn’t help being anxious and didn’t know what to do. Just then, God’s words arose in my mind again, “do not do shameful things. Be just and honorable when doing all things and make them presentable before God. … These are the principles by which believers in God conduct themselves” (“How Is Your Relationship With God”). I suddenly came to understand: Behind the scenes just now it was Satan that tempted me to do things that cannot stand in the light of day. God tells me not to do shameful things. This is the human principle that I should practice. So I prayed to God in my heart, “Oh God, no matter whether I can pass the test, I must practice the truth. I’m willing to commit my test into Your hand and let You take charge of it.” After the prayer, I felt extremely grounded. Toward midday, the traffic police finally called my name. Thereupon, I got in the car. Over ten minutes later, I parked at the roadside and inquired my test result. The traffic police passed me with a nod of the head. I was very happy simply because I didn’t live by Satan’s poison but acted according to God’s word and then saw God’s blessing to me.
After I returned to the former place, my instructor and the girl, looking at me sadly, asked: “Do you pass the test?” I nodded. They both instantly stared at me with an incredulous look and found this inconceivable. However, I was very clear in my heart that all this was God’s wonderful deed and was ruled by Him. Thank God! While this was a small thing, through this God taught me how to be a human, led me to stay far from Satan’s evil trend and to break free from the bondage of satanic poisons, and also made me learn to rely on Him and to live by His word. Only in this way can I have a way to follow in everything.