Gaining Those Who Know God and Can Testify God Is God’s Never-changing Will
Although God, when speaking to Himself, was also speaking to Abraham, could he understand God’s true will in all s at that moment apart from hearing the blessing God gave him? No. So, at that time, when God swore by Himself, His heart was still lonely and still sorrowful. There was still no man who could understand or comprehend what He intended to do and what He planned. At that time, still no man, including Abraham, could talk with Him heart to heart, much less could anyone cooperate with Him to do the work He wanted to do. Outwardly, God gained Abraham and gained a man who could obey His word. Actually, his knowledge of God was almost zero. Although God blessed Abraham, God’s heart was still not satisfied. What does His “not satisfied” mean? It means that His management just began and means that the people whom He wanted to gain, whom He hoped to see, and whom He loved were still far away from Him, and that He needed time, needed to wait, and needed to be patient. For at that time, no one except God Himself knew what He needed, what He wanted to gain, and what He hoped for. So, when God felt very excited, He also felt very heavy. Yet He did not stop His footsteps and was still planning for the next step of work He would do.
What do you see from the matter of God’s promise to Abraham? Merely because Abraham obeyed God’s word, God gave him so great a blessing. Although outwardly it seems very normal and is also a natural thing, we see God’s heart from it: God greatly treasures man’s obedience to Him and values man’s understanding and sincerity toward Him. To what extent does God value such sincerity? You may not know to what extent God values it, and maybe no one can understand it. God bestowed to Abraham a son, and when the son grew up, God asked Abraham to offer up his son to Him. Abraham did exactly as God told him. He obeyed God’s word. His sincerity moved God and was also treasured by God. To what extent did God treasure it? For what reason did God treasure it? In the age when no one could understand what God said and no one could ’s heart, Abraham did an “earth-shaking” thing, which made God feel unprecedented satisfaction and also made God feel the joy of gaining a man who could obey His word. The “satisfaction” and “joy” were from a created being with His own hands, and this was also the first most precious “offering” in God’s eyes which was offered by man to God since the creation of mankind. God had waited for such “offering” for so long. He took this “offering” as the first most important gift from the created mankind. From it, God saw the first fruit gained by His painstaking effort and price and also saw hope on mankind. After that, God’s heart expected more eagerly that there would be a group of such people accompanying Him and treating Him and caring for Him with a true heart. And God even wished that Abraham could live forever, because He hoped that such a heart could accompany Him, accompanying Him while He continued His management. No matter what God thought, it was just a wish and just a thought, because Abraham was only a man who could obey Him but who did not understand or know Him in the slightest. He fell far short of God’s required standard for man—knowing God, being able to testify God, and being of one heart and one mind with God, so he could not possibly walk with God. In the matter of Abraham’s offering up Isaac, God saw his true heart and his obedience and also saw that he withstood God’s test to him. Although God accepted his true heart and his obedience, he was still inadequate to be God’s confidant and to be a man who knows God, comprehends God, and understands , and he was also far from being of one heart and one mind with God and carrying out God’s will. So God’s heart was still lonely and still anxious. The more lonely and anxious God was, the more He needed to continue His management as quickly as possible and choose and gain a group of people as quickly as possible to accomplish His management plan and fulfill His will. This is God’s eager desire that has never changed from the beginning until now. Since the beginning when God created mankind, God has been expecting eagerly that there will be a group of overcomers, a group of people who can understand, comprehend, and know God’s disposition, walking with Him. This desire of God has never changed. No matter how long God still has to wait, how hard the journey ahead is, and how far the goal He hopes for is, His expectation of mankind has never been changed or given up. Now as I say these, do you have some understanding of God’s desire? You may not have a deep understanding of it. Take time to understand it.
in A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh