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Hello! I am a young person and just got married. In order to earn more money to help my family lead a good life, I work desperately and put most of my time into work. Recently, I have the fortune to accept the gospel of God’s kingdom and want to pursue the truth diligently. But since my work is keeping me so busy that I do not have the time to attend gatherings and read God’s word, I feel quite helpless and miserable in my heart. What am I supposed to do?


Sister Zhenxin,

Hello! I also had such question and difficulty as you have brought up in the past. But later, through praying to God, reading His word and with the help of the brothers and sisters, I understood God’s intentions and clearly saw that we are incapable of controlling our fate, because it rests in the hands of God. As long as we rely on and look up to God, and are willing to act in accordance with His demands, our problems and difficulties will be solved. Next, I would like to share my experience with you.

When I first started to believe in God, although I felt that believing in God is good, yet I did not believe man’s fate is ruled over by God. I still thought that I could build a beautiful homeland through my own hands. Thus, I put my work first and only believed when I had the time. Sometimes when my work conflicted with the assembly, I would choose to work to earn money and give up attending meetings. Every time when I made such a choice, I was uneasy in my heart and I felt unhappy and indebted to God. I was also worried that believing in this way, I could not be approved of and saved by God. I remember several times, when my work clashed with my church gatherings, I chose work and hurried to the gathering place as soon as I got off work. When I arrived there, the assembly almost finished. Once, when I reached the gathering place, the brothers and sisters were praying the closing prayer. So I had to stay and wait outside the door. When they came out and left, a sister among them especially stayed behind on my account. She read me a passage of God’s word: “Awaken, brothers! Awaken, sisters! My day will not be delayed; time is life, and to seize time is to save life! The time is not far off! If you take exams for entrance into college and you do not pass, you can try again and cram for the test. However, My day will have no such delay. Remember! Remember! I urge you with these good words. The end of the world unfolds before your very eyes, great disasters rapidly draw near; is your life important or is your sleeping, eating, and clothing important? The time has come for you to weigh these things. … remember this! There is nowhere on earth where you can buy medicine that will soothe regret! So how shall I say this to you? Is My word not worthy of your careful consideration and repeated ponderation? You are so careless with My words and so irresponsible with your life; how could I bear it? How could I?” At that time, when I listened to God’s words which the sister read to me, they quite struck to my heart. I felt these words exactly addressed my situation. It just felt like God was reminding and exhorting me through the sister. I thought: Yes! God became flesh in the last days to save humanity; this is such an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Now is the critical moment of God working to save man, if I missed this opportunity, wouldn’t I regret it for the rest of my life? If I cannot obtain God’s salvation when I have seen it, then am I not too blind and ignorant? God has patiently and earnestly spoken so many words, is this not all for the sake of our salvation? Presently, the worldly trend is deteriorating; rarely seen astronomical phenomena are also appearing; humans are becoming more and more degenerate and evil; disasters are frequently happening all over the world and are growing larger and larger. If we still do not come before God to accept His judgment and purification, we will lose the opportunity to receive salvation. God well knows that I have been corrupted by Satan so deeply that I don’t have the power to overcome sin, and that I am rushing about all day long for wealth and fame so that I can’t see clearly what is the most valuable and meaningful thing to pursue and live in Satan’s traps. Today, God reminds and exhorts me through the sister. This is God’s true love and salvation for me. I cannot continue laboring by my own hands. So, I was determined to believe in God and pursue the truth as best as I could from that day on, and to put belief in God first. But at the same time, I was afraid that without toiling, I couldn’t earn more money; in that way my family would lose guarantee of subsistence. Therefore, in my heart I began to hesitate and struggle. …

One day, I read the following passage of God’s word: “The fate of man is controlled by the hands of God. You are incapable of controlling yourself: Despite always rushing and busying about for himself, man remains incapable of controlling himself. If you could know your own prospects, if you could control your own fate, would you still be a creature?” God’s word makes it very clear: The fate of man is all controlled by the hands of God, man cannot grasp hold of their fate by themselves. Without God’s mercy and grace, no matter how hard we toil and rush about, we can still obtain nothing. Contemplating God’s word, I saw that God had revealed the root of why I led such a miserable life. It turned out that I lived by Satan’s axiom, “Man can build a beautiful homeland by his own hands.” In order to obtain more fame and gain and money, I worked my fingers to the bone, ending up being teased by Satan till I was half alive, and living in such a misery. In these years, we had been seeking the life of towering above others. My husband worked in a coal mine and was exhausted all day long. To let him make more money, I asked him to work hard and if he had a rest, I would give him a long face. Therefore he seldom took a rest. As for me, I also never stopped being busy. I half took care of my family and half worked in a nearby farm. But no matter how I rushed and busied about, there were always various matters happening to my family, which made our savings never exceed ten thousand in several years. The fact proves that we are incapable of controlling our own fate. And I have truly understood that how much fortune we possess in our life is not decided by ourselves, but is preordained by God. Just as God’s word says: “What occupation one pursues, what one does for a living, and how much wealth one amasses in life are not decided by one’s parents, one’s talents, one’s efforts or one’s ambitions, but are predetermined by the Creator.

Thinking back, I struggled to make money for decades but led a miserable life. When I was in the most pain and helplessness, it was God who extended a hand of salvation to me, saving me from Satan’s traps and leading me to walk on the path of seeking the truth. This was the greatest blessing that God bestowed on me. I also thought of Job, who had a mountain of sheep and cattle and untold masses of wealth. When Satan accused Job before God, Job encountered Satan’s temptation and attack. Just in one day, all of his possessions were robbed away and all his children died a tragic death. But He still held fast his integrity, and did not deny or complain against God. Even though his body became covered in sore boils and he was miserable, yet he still could fear God and shun evil, praising the holy name of God, thus standing the witness for God and shaming Satan. After that, God appeared out of the whirlwind, spoke to him and blessed him with double fortune and lifespan. From this we can see that man’s wealth and lifespan are all ruled over by God’s hands, but not obtained through our own efforts. Job’s experience allows me to understand that believing in God means obeying God and entrusting everything we have into His hands. No matter what we meet, we pray to God to seek for His will and practice according to His requirements. This is truly believing in God, and only by doing so can we receive God’s approval and be saved by God.

The brothers and sisters also communicated with us about God’s intentions. They fellowshiped that we should stop striving by our own hands and we should be content with having food and clothing. Later, I committed my work to God, put assembly first and found a job to support my family. Thereafter, I often gathered together with brothers and sisters, read God’s word and sang hymns to praise and worship God. And my spirit had peace and joy. Later on, what greatly surprised me was that we got more than ten thousand yuan as the contracting fees though we were not allowed to farm the land we contracted. And what was more, we earned more than ten thousand yuan from selling the trees. I had never had such a huge sum of money over these years. I truly experienced that how much wealth we possessed in our life did not depend on our own efforts, but was predetermined by God.

Sister Zhenxin, since we believe in God, we should learn to rely on God in everything. As for how to balance work and belief in God, we still need to pray to God. When we are able to understand the value and significance of pursuing the truth, we will be willing to entrust our life and work into God’s hands. To conclude, let’s sing a hymn of God’s word: “After experiencing to a certain point, a person’s life views, significance of existence, and foundation of existence will completely transform. That is, you will be born again, and become a completely different person. This is incredible! This is a big transformation; it is a transformation that turns everything upside down. You will feel that fame, profit, position, wealth, pleasures, and glory of the world don’t matter and that you are able to effortlessly let go of them. This is a person in the likeness of a human being. Those who are ultimately made complete will be a group like this.

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