Preface Isethulo

Wonke umuntu kumele ahlole kabusha ukuphila kwakhe kokukholelwa kuNkulunkulu ukuze abone ukuthi, ekulandeleni uNkulunkulu, uqondisisile ngeqiniso, nokuthi ufinyelelile ekumazini ngeqiniso uNkulunkulu, nokuthi ingabe ngokweqiniso uyasazi yini isimo somqondo sikaNkulunkulu ngezinhlobo ezahlukene zabantu, kanye nokuthi ngabe ngokweqiniso uyakuqondisisa yini lokho uNkulunkulu akwenza kuye nokuthi ingabe uNkulunkulu uzibheka kanjani zonke izenzo zakhe. Lo Nkulunkulu, oseduze nawe, ekuqondisa endleleni yokuqhubeka kwakho, elungiselela isiphetho sakho, futhi egcwalisa izidingo zakho—kungakanani wena, uma sekuhlaziywa ekugcineni, okuqondayo futhi okwaziyo ngempela Ngaye? Ingabe uyakwazi lokho Akwenzayo kuwe zonke izinsuku? Ingabe uyazazi izimiso nezinhloso lezo asusela kuzo konke ukwenza Kwakhe? Ingabe uyazi ukuthi Ukuqondisa kanjani? Ingabe uyazazi izindlela Akunikeza ngazo? Ingabe uyazazi izindlela Akuhola ngazo? Ingabe uyakwazi lokho Afisa ukukuthola kuwe kanye nalokho Afisa ukukufeza kuwe? Ingabe uyayazi indlela Abuka ngayo izindlela ezinhlobonhlobo owenza ngazo? Ingabe uyazi noma ungumuntu othandwa Nguye? Ingabe uyawazi umsuka wokuthokoza Kwakhe, intukuthelo, ukudangala kanye nenjabulo, imicabango nemibono engasemuva kwayo, kanye nengqikithi Yakhe? Ekugcineni, ingabe uyazi ukuthi unhloboni lo Nkulunkulu okholelwa kuye? Ingabe le mibuzo kanye neminye ehlobene nayo iwuhlobo lwento ongakaze uyiqondisise noma ucabange ngayo? Ekukholweni kwakho kuNkulunkulu, ingabe uke wathi, ngokwazisa ngempela nokuzwa amazwi kaNkulunkulu, wakususa futhi wakhanyisa ukungaqondi kwakho Ngaye? Ingabe, ngemva kokwamukela ukuqondiswa uNkulunkulu nokujeziswa, wafinyelela ekuzithobeni kanye nokunakekela? Ingabe uke, phakathi kokujeziswa nokwahlulelwa nguNkulunkulu, wafinyelela ekwazini ukuhlubuka kanye nobusathane bemvelo yomuntu waphinde wazuza ukuqonda okungatheni ngobungcwele bukaNkulunkulu? Ingabe uke, ngaphansi kokuqondiswa kanye nokukhanyiseleka ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, waqala ukukubheka ngenye indlela ukuphila? Ingabe uke, phakathi kwezivivinyo ezithunyelelwe nguNkulunkulu, wakuzwa ukungakubekezeleli Kwakhe ukona komuntu kanjalo nokuthi yini lena Yena ayidingayo kuwe nokuthi ukusindisa kanjani? Uma ungazi nokuthi kuyini ukungamqondisisi uNkulunkulu, noma ukuthi ungakususa kanjani lokhu ukungamqondi kahle, omunye umuntu angathi awukaze ungene ekuhlanganyeleni kweqiniso noNkulunkulu futhi awukaze umqonde uNkulunkulu, noma okungenani umuntu angathi awukaze ufise ukumqonda Yena. Uma ungazi ukuthi kuyini ukuyalwa nokujeziswa nguNkulunkulu, kusho ukuthi ngokweqiniso awazi ukuthi kuyini ukuzithoba nokukhathalela, noma okungenani awukaze uzithobe noma ukhathalele uNkulunkulu. Uma ungakaze ukuzwe ukujezisa nokwahlulelwa nguNkulunkulu, ngakho ngokweqiniso ngeke wazi ukuthi buyini ubungcwele Bakhe, futhi uzoba nokungakhanyiseleki kakhulu, ngokuthi kuyini ukuhlubuka komuntu. Uma ungakaze ngokweqiniso ube nokubheka ukuphila ngendlela enhle, noma ube nenhloso elungile empilweni, kodwa selokhu usesimweni sokudideka nokungathathi sinqumo ngekusasa lendlela yakho empilweni, uze ufike esigabeni sokuba unqikaze ukuya phambili, kuyacaca ukuthi awukaze ukuthole ukukhanyiselwa nokuqondiswa kukaNkulunkulu, nokuthi umuntu angathi futhi awukaze unikezwe noma uvuselelwe ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu. Uma ungakaze udlule ekuvivinyweni nguNkulunkulu, kusho ukuthi ngokuqinisekile angeke ukwazi ukungabekezeleli kukaNkulunkulu iziphambeko zomuntu, futhi ngeke uqondisise lokho ekugcineni uNkulunkulu akudingayo kuwe, ingasaphathwa, ekugcineni, eyomsebenzi Wakhe wokuphatha nokusindisa umuntu. Akukhathaliseki ukuthi mingaki iminyaka umuntu ekholelwa kuNkulunkulu, uma engakaze azizwele noma azicabangele noma yini emazwini kaNkulunkulu, ngokweqiniso akahambi endleleni eqonde ensindisweni, ukholo lwakhe kuNkulunkulu ngokuqinisekile alunaso isigqi, ukwazi kwakhe uNkulunkulu nakho ngokuqinisekile kuyize, futhi kuyacaca ukuthi akazi lutho ngempela, ukuthi kuyini ukukhonza uNkulunkulu.

Izinto nobuyena bukaNkulunkulu, ingqikithi kaNkulunkulu, isimo sikaNkulunkulu—konke sekwenziwe kwaziwa emazwini Akhe esintwini. Lapho ezizwela yena amazwi kaNkulunkulu, umuntu kuyothi ngesikhathi ewenza noma ewagcwalisa, afike ekuqondisiseni injongo kaNkulunkulu esemazwini uNkulunkulu awakhulumayo, Futhi uyoqondisisa umthombo nesendlalelo samazwi kaNkulunkulu, futhi aqondisise aphinde athakasele umthelela ohloswe ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu. Kubantu, lezi yizo zonke izinto umuntu okumele azizwe, aziqonde futhi afinyelele kuzo, ukuze afinyelele eqinisweni nokuphila, afeze izinhloso zikaNkulunkulu, abe ngoguqukile esimweni sakhe, futhi akwazi ukuzithoba ebukhosini nakumalungiselelo kaNkulunkulu. Khona ngaleso sikhathi umuntu ezizwela, eqonda, futhi, efinyelela kulezi zinto, kancane kancane uyobe esezuze ukuqonda uNkulunkulu, futhi ngaleso sikhathi uyobe esezuze amazinga ehlukene okumazi. Lokhu kuqonda nokwazi akuveli entweni ethile umuntu ayicabangile noma azenzele yona, kodwa kunalokho kuvela, kulokho akuthakaselayo, azizwelayo, akuzwayo, kanye nalokho akufakazelayo ngaphakathi kuye. Kuphela, kungemuva kokuthakasela, ukuzizwela, ukuzwa, kanye nokuzifakazela lezi zinto, lapho ulwazi lomuntu ngoNkulunkulu luba nohlonze; ulwazi kuphela lolo aluthole ngalesi sikhathi olungoloqobo, oluyilo futhi oluqinisekile, futhi le nqubo—yokuthola ukuqonda okuyikonakona nolwazi lukaNkulunkulu ngokuthakasela, ngokuzizwela, ngokuzwa, nokufakazelana namazwi Akhe—yiyo kanye inhlanganyelo phakathi komuntu noNkulunkulu. Phakathi kwalolu hlobo lwenhlanganyelo, umuntu ufinyelela ngempela ekuqondisiseni nasekubambeni izinhloso zikaNkulunkulu, ufinyelela ngempela ekuqondisiseni nasekwazini izinto nobuyena bukaNkulunkulu, ufinyelela ngempela ekuqondisiseni nasekwazini ingqikithi kaNkulunkulu, ufinyelela kancane kancane ekuqondisiseni nasekwazini isimo sikaNkulunkulu, ufika ekubeni nencazelo eyiyo kanye nesiqiniseko sangempela, ngeqiniso lokubusa kukaNkulunkulu ngaphezu kwakho konke okudaliwe. Futhi uzuza ukuqonda okunohlonze nolwazi ngobunjalo kanye nesikhundla sikaNkulunkulu. Phakathi kwalolu hlobo lokuhlanganyela, umuntu uyaguquka, isinyathelo ngesinyathelo, imibono yakhe ngoNkulunkulu, angabe esamcabanga Yena ngokumsusela phezu kweze, noma azinikezele ezinsolweni anazo Ngaye, noma ukungamqondisisi Yena, noma ukumgxeka Yena, noma enze izahlulelo Ngaye, noma amngabaze Yena. Ngenxa yalokhu, umuntu uyoba nezinkulumo-mpikiswano ezimbalwa noNkulunkulu, uyoba nokuxabana okumbalwa noNkulunkulu, nokuthi uyokuba nezigameko ezimbalwa lapho eyovukela uNkulunkulu. Ngakolunye uhlangothi, ukunakekela komuntu nokuzithoba kuNkulunkulu kuyokhula kakhulu, kanti ukuhlonipha kwakhe okukhulu uNkulunkulu, kuyoba ngokoqobo futhi ngokujulile. Phakathi kwalolu hlobo lokuhlanganyela, umuntu ngeke nje kuphela athole iqiniso nokubhabhathiswa ekuphileni, kodwa ngesikhathi esifanayo uyobuye athole ulwazi lweqiniso ngoNkulunkulu. Phakathi kwalolu hlobo lokuhlanganyela, umuntu akayukugcina nje ngokuguqulwa esimweni sakhe kuphela nokuthola insindiso, kodwa ngesikhathi esifanayo uyobuye alethe ukuhlonipha nokudumisa kweqiniso kwesidalwa esidaliwe sikwenza kuNkulunkulu. Ekubeni ekade enalolu hlobo lokuhlanganyela, ukholo lomuntu kuNkulunkulu angeke lusaba yinto engazeki, noma isithembiso esinikezwe ngezindebe zomlomo nje, hhayi ngeqiniso, noma uhlobo lokulandela okunobumpumputhe nokwenza izithixo. Ngalolu hlobo kuphela lokuhlanganyela ukuphila komuntu kuyokhula kufinyelele ekuvuthweni usuku nosuku, futhi yimanje kuphela lapho isimo sakhe siyoguquka ngokuhamba kwesikhathi, nokholo lwakhe kuNkulunkulu, kancane kancane luyodlula ekungaqondakalini kahle nasokholweni olungaqinisekile lube ukuzithoba ngeqiniso nokunakekela, luze lufinyelele ekuhlonipheni okukhulu okuyikho. Futhi umuntu uyobuye, ekufuneni uNkulunkulu, kancane kancane aqhubeke asuke esimweni sokuba ngoyethile, ongenzi lutho abe sesimweni sokukhuthala; uyothuthuka, ekubeni ngomunye okwenziwa kuye aye ekubeni ngothatha izinyathelo ezinhle; ngokuhlanganyela okuwulolu hlobo kuphela, umuntu uyofinyelela ekuqondisiseni ngeqiniso, nasekwazini uNkulunkulu ngeqiniso. Ngoba iningi labantu alikaze lingene ekuhlanganyeleni kweqiniso noNkulunkulu, ulwazi lwabo ngoNkulunkulu luma esigabeni sokucabanga, esigabeni sezincwadi nezimfundiso. Okungukuthi abantu abaningi, kungakhathaliseki ukuthi mingaki iminyaka bekholelwa kuNkulunkulu, basekude kakhulu ekumazini uNkulunkulu basame endaweni lapho babekhona besaqala, babishe esisekelweni sezinqubo zakudala zokukhonza, nobuyephuyephu bazo bemibala yasemandulo nezinkolelo-ze eseziphelelwe yisikhathi. Ukuthi ulwazi lomuntu ngoNkulunkulu, lubhajwe ekuqaleni kwalo, kuchaza ukuthi lufana nolungekho nje. Ngaphandle kokuqinisekisa komuntu ngesikhundla nobuyena bukaNkulunkulu ukholo lomuntu kuNkulunkulu lusalokhu lusesimweni sokuba yindida engaqondakali. Lokhu njengoba kunjalo, umuntu angaba nokudumisa uNkulunkulu okungakanani?

Akukhathaliseki noma luqine kangakanani ukholo lwakho ebukhoneni Bakhe, lokhu angeke kwathatha indawo yolwazi lwakho ngoNkulunkulu, noma inhlonipho yakho ngoNkulunkulu. Akukhathaliseki noma uzijabulele kanjani izibusiso Zakhe nomusa Wakhe, lokhu akusoze kwathatha indawo yolwazi lwakho lukaNkulunkulu. Akukhathaleki noma uzimisele kanjani ukungcwelisa konke okwakho futhi ukhiphe konke ngenxa Yakhe, lokhu ngeke kuyithathe indawo yolwazi lwakho ngoNkulunkulu. Noma mhlawumbe usuwejwayele kakhulu amazwi Akhe awakhulumile kuze kube usuwazi ngenhliziyo futhi usungawaqala ngasekugcineni; noma ngabe kunjalo, lokhu akusoze kwathatha indawo yolwazi lwakho ngoNkulunkulu. Noma ngabe umuntu uzimisele kanjani ukulandela uNkulunkulu, uma engakaze abe nokuhlanganyela okuyikho noNkulunkulu, noma abe nolwazi lwamazwi kaNkulunkulu, ulwazi lwakhe ngoNkulunkulu luyoba ngolungekho ngaphezulu kwento engelutho noma iphupho lasemini elingapheliyo; ngenxa yalokho okungenzeka ukuthi “uke wahlangana” noNkulunkulu ezedlulela, noma uhlangane Naye ubuso nobuso, ulwazi lwakho ngoNkulunkulu luyoqhubeka lube yinto engenalutho, nenhlonipho yakho kuNkulunkulu akukho nje ngaphezu kwesiqubulo esingena lutho noma umbono nje ongathi shú.

Abantu abaningi babambelela ekufundeni emazwini kaNkulunkulu usuku nosuku, baze bafike ezingeni lokuzibophezela ngokucophelela ukukhumbula izigatshana ezikhona lapho ngokugcwele njengezinto zabo okungezabo ezibizayo, nokuthi ngaphezu kwalokho bashumayele ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu yonke indawo, banikeze futhi basize nabanye njenge ndlela yamazwi Akhe. Bacabanga ukuthi ukwenza lokhu kungukuveza ubufakazi kuNkulunkulu, ukuveza ukufakazela amazwi kaNkulunkulu, ukuthi ukwenza lokhu kungukulandela indlela kaNkulunkulu; bacabanga ukuthi ukwenza lokho kungukuphila ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, ukuthi ukwenza lokho kungukuletha amazwi Akhe ekuphileni kwabo kwangempela, ukuthi ukwenza lokhu kuyobenza bakwazi ukuthola ukunconywa nguNkulunkulu, nokuthi basindiswe futhi bapheleliswe. Kodwa, ngisho sebeshumayela amazwi kaNkulunkulu, abahambisani namazwi kaNkulunkulu ngokwenza, noma bazame ukuzifaka bona emgqeni walokho okwambulwe kubo ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu. Kunalokho, basebenzisa amazwi kaNkulunkulu ukuzizuzela ukuthandwa nokwethenjwa ngabanye ngokubakhohlisa, ngokungena ekuphatheni ngokwabo, nokuthi basebenzise budlabha nokuntshontsha udumo lukaNkulunkulu. Bethemba, ngokungena mpumelelo, ukusebenzisa ithuba abalinikezwa ngokusabalalisa amazwi kaNkulunkulu ukuba baklonyeliswe ngomsebenzi kaNkulunkulu nokunconywa Nguye. Mingaki iminyaka eseyedlule, kodwa laba bantu abagcinanga nje ngokungakwazi ukuthola ukunconywa nguNkulunkulu ngokushumayela amazwi Akhe, nokuthi hhayi kuphela ukuthi abakwazanga ukuveza indlela okumele bayilandele endleleni yokuveza ukufakazela amazwi kaNkulunkulu, futhi akukhona nje ukuthi abazange bazisize noma bazihlinzeke bona kuleyo ndlela yokuhlinzeka nokusiza abanye ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, nokuthi akukhona nje kuphela ukuthi abazange bakwazi ukumazi uNkulunkulu, noma bavuse kubo uqobo inhlonipho enkulu kaNkulunkulu, kuleyo ndlela yokwenza zonke lezi zinto; kodwa, ngokuphambene, ukungaqondisisi kahle ngoNkulunkulu kwaya kukhula ngokujula, ukungamethembi uNkulunkulu kwaya kuba mawala, kanye nemicabango yabo ngoNkulunkulu yaya ikhula ngokuba engakholakali. Behlinzekiwe futhi beholwa yimicabango yabo ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, bavela sengathi baphelele esimweni sabo, kube sengathi baveza amakhono abo kalula ngaphandle kokuzikhandla nhlobo, kube sengathi sebethole inhloso yempilo yabo, kube sengathi sebezuze ukuphila okusha nokuthi sebesindisiwe, kube sengathi, ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu bebeka ngolimi oluginqika kahle uma bekhuluma, sebefinyelele ekuzuzeni iqiniso, babambelele ezinhlosweni zikaNkulunkulu, nokuthi sebevumbulule indlela yokumazi uNkulunkulu, kube sengathi, ngendlela yokushumayela amazwi kaNkulunkulu, sebake babhekana noNkulunkulu ubuso nobuso. Futhi, bahlale “benyakaziswa” ngemvula yezinyembezi, nokuthi, bahlale beholwa “uNkulunkulu” ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, bavela njalo ngokungenamkhawulo bebambelele ngokujulile emseni Wakhe nenhloso elungile, futhi ngesikhathi esifanayo sebezuze ukubambelela ensindisweni kaNkulunkulu yomuntu kanye nokuphathwa Nguye, sebefike ekuyazini ingqikithi Yakhe, nokuthi sebeyakuqondisisa ukulunga kwesimo Sakhe. Besusela kulesi sisekelo, babonakala sengathi sebekholelwa ngokuqine kakhulu ebukhoneni bukaNkulunkulu, sebenolwazi olukhulu ngesimo Sakhe esihloniphekile, nokuthi nangaphezu kwalokho bazizwe bejulile ebukhulwini Bakhe nasebungcweleni. Becwilile kulolu lwazi lokuzikhohlisa ngokwazi amazwi kaNkulunkulu, kungabukeka sengathi ukholo lwabo selukhulile, izinqumo zabo zokubekezelela ukuhlupheka seziqinisiwe, nokuthi ulwazi lwabo ngoNkulunkulu selujulile. Abazi ngempela ukuthi, kuze kube bawazwile amazwi kaNkulunkulu ngokuyikho, lonke ulwazi lwabo kanye nemibono yabo Ngaye iphuma ekuzicabangeleni ngokwabo nokungathekisa. Ukholo lwabo angeke lwabambelela kunoma yikuphi ukuhlolwa nguNkulunkulu, lokhu abakubiza ngokuthi ubungcwele babo nokuma angeke kwabambelela ngaphansi kokuvivinywa noma ukuhlolwa nguNkulunkulu, isinqumo sabo singukwakha ibhilidi elihle phezu kwesihlabathi, nalokhu abakubiza ngolwazi lukaNkulunkulu nakho akwehlukile nokuzakhela kwemicabango yabo. Eqinisweni, laba bantu, uma singasho kanjalo, abafaka umfutho emazwini kaNkulunkulu, abakaze nakanye bazi ukuthi luyini ukholo oluyilo, kuyini ukuzithoba kwangempela, kuyini ukunakekela kwangempela, noma kuyini ukwazi uNkulunkulu ngeqiniso. Bathatha abakucabangayo, imicabango, ulwazi, isiphiwo, izinqubo, izinkolelo-ze, kanye ngisho nokubaluleka kokulungileyo kwesintu, bese bekwenza “ukutshala okuyisamba” kanye “nezikhali zempi” kokukholelwa kuNkulunkulu nokulandela Yena, baze bakwenze izisekelo zokholo lwabo kuNkulunkulu kanye nokumlandela. Ngesikhathi esifanayo, babuye bathathe lesi samba nezikhali bakwenze umfanekiso womlingo ekwazini uNkulunkulu, ukwenzela ukuhlangana nokuncintisana nokuhlolisisa kukaNkulunkulu, ukuvivinya, ukujezisa, nokwahlulela. Ekugcineni, lokho abakuhlanganisile kuselokhu kuyizinto ezingasho lutho ngaphandle kwezinqumo ngoNkulunkulu ezicwile ezincazelweni zezinkolelo, ezinkolelweni eziyize zakudala, kanye nakho konke lokho okungokwezokuthandana, okubukeka kambi kuhlekisa, futhi nokungaqondakali, kanye nendlela yabo yokwazi nokuchaza uNkulunkulu ifana naleyo yabantu abakholelwa kuphela Ezulwini Eliphezulu, noma Endodeni Endala Esesibhakabhakeni, kuyilapho ukuba ngokoqobo kukaNkulunkulu, ingqikithi Yakhe, isimo Sakhe, izinto Zakhe nobuYena, kanye nokunye, nakho konke okuphathelene nokuba ngokoqobo kukaNkulunkulu ngoKwakhe, kuyizinto ulwazi lwabo oluhlulekile ukuziqonda, azinamsebenzi walutho ngokuphelele futhi zikude le nokuqonda kwabo. Ngale ndlela, nakuba bephila ngaphansi kokunikezwa nokondliwa ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, kusazifanela nje abakwazi ukuhamba endleleni yokumesaba uNkulunkulu nokudeda kokubi. Isizathu sangempela ukuthi abakaze bafinyelele ekumazini uNkulunkulu, futhi bengakaze babe nokuxhumana okuqotho noma ukuhlanganyela Naye ngeqiniso, ngakho kunzima kakhulu kubona ukufinyelela ekubeni nokuqonda okunokuzwana noNkulunkulu, noma bavuse kubo ukholo, ukufuna ngokulangazelela, noma ukudumisa uNkulunkulu. Ukuthatha kwabo amazwi kaNkulunkulu ngale ndlela, ukuthatha uNkulunkulu ngale ndlela—lokhu kubuka kanye nesimo sengqondo kubenze baphoqeleka ukuba babuye belambatha emizamweni yabo, ibenze bangaphinde balazi ingunaphakade ukuhamba ngokumesaba uNkulunkulu nokudeda kokubi. Injongo yalokho abakuhlosile, nendlela abahamba ngayo, ibonisa ukuthi bayizitha zikaNkulunkulu kuze kube phakade futhi abasoze bakwazi ukuthola insindiso.

Uma, esimweni somuntu olandele uNkulunkulu iminyaka eminingi futhi ejabulela ukuhlinzekwa ngamazwi Akhe iminyaka eminingi, ukuchaza kwakhe uNkulunkulu kufana, ngokoqobo lwako, naloko komuntu owa ngobuso ukukhuleka phambi kwezithixo, ngakho lokhu kungakhombisa ukuthi lo muntu akakaze athole iqiniso lamazwi kaNkulunkulu. Uma ubheka isizathu salokhu, umuntu ubona ukuthi ngokusobala nje akakaze angene eqinisweni lamazwi kaNkulunkulu, nokuthi ngenxa yalesi sizathu uqobo, iqiniso, izinhloso, kanye nezimfuno esintwini, konke okutholakala ngokwemvelo emazwini kaNkulunkulu, akuhlanganise lutho nhlobo naye. Okungukuthi, akukhathaliseki noma umuntu onjalo angasebenza kangakanani encazelweni esobala yamazwi kaNkulunkulu, konke kuyize leze: Ngoba lokho akushisekelayo kumane kungamazwi nje, ngakho-ke lokho ayokuthola nakho kuyoba ngokwesidingo ngamazwi nje. Noma ngabe amazwi akhulunywe nguNkulunkulu, ngokubuka ngamehlo, acacile noma ayadida, wonke ayiqiniso elisemqoka kakhulu kumuntu njengoba engena ekuphileni; awumthombo wamanzi okuphila lawo amenza ukuba aphile ngokomoya nangokwenyama. Anikeza lokho umuntu akudingayo ukuze aphile; izimfundiso zeBhayibheli ezingenakuphikwa inkolelo nomgomo wokuziphatha empilweni yakhe nsuku zonke; indlela, inhloso, kanye nenkambo okufanele adlule kuyo ukuze athole insindiso; lonke lelo qiniso kumele abe nalo njengesidalwa esiphambi kukaNkulunkulu; kanye neqiniso lokuthi umuntu kumele amesabe futhi amkhonze kanjani uNkulunkulu. Ayisiqiniseko esiqinisekisa ukuphila komuntu, ayisinkwa somuntu semihla ngemihla, nokuthi abuye futhi abe yisisekelo esiqinile esenza umuntu aqine futhi azimele. Acebile ngesiqiniseko sangempela seqiniso lesintu esejwayelekile njengalokhu ephilwa yisidalwa sesintu, acebile ngeqiniso lelo ngalo isintu sikwazi ukukhululeka ekukhohlakalisweni nokubalekela unoxhaka kaSathane, acebile ekufundiseni okungakhathali, ekugqugquzeleni, ekukhuthazeni, nasekududuzeni lokho uMdali akunikeza isintu esidaliwe. Ayisibani esiqondisayo nesikhanyisela umuntu ukuze aqonde konke lokho okungokuhle, isiqinisekiso esiqinisekisa abantu ukuthi bayophila futhi bafike ekuphatheni kwakho konke okulungileyo nokuhle, umbandela okuyiwo abantu, izigameko, nezinto ezilinganisekayo, kanye futhi nokwakha inkomba-ndlela eholela umuntu imqondise ensindisweni nasendleleni yokukhanya. Kusekwazini amazwi kaNkulunkulu ngeqiniso kuphela umuntu akunikezwa ngeqiniso nangempilo; yilapha kuphela lapho umuntu eqondisisa lokho isintu esejwayelekile, ukuthi iyini incazelo yokuphila, siyini isidalwa sangempela, kuyini ngempela ukuhlonipha uNkulunkulu; yilapha kuphela lapho umuntu eqondisisa ukuthi kumele amnakekele kanjani uNkulunkulu, uwugcwalisa kanjani umsebenzi wesidalwa esenziwe, nokuthi angaba nakho kanjani ukufaniswa nomuntu okunguyena yena; yilapha kuphela lapho efinyelela ekuqondisiseni ukuthi kuyini okuqondwe ngokholo oluqinisekile nokukhonza okuqinisekile; yilapha kuphela lapho eqonda ukuthi ngubani uMbusi wamazulu nomhlaba kanye nazo zonke izinto; yilapho kuphela lapho eqala ukuqonda izindlela Lowo onguMnikazi wayo yonke indalo abusa ngayo phezu kwayo, ahola futhi ahlinzeke ngazo indalo; futhi yilapha kuphela lapho eqonda futhi abambe izindlela Lowo onguMnikazi wendalo yonke akhona ngazo, azibonakalisa futhi nasebenza ngazo…. Ehlukanisiwe ekubeni nolwazi oluyilo lwamazwi kaNkulunkulu, umuntu akanalo ulwazi oluyilo noma ukuqonda okungaphakathi emazwini kaNkulunkulu naseqinisweni. Lowo muntu onjalo ngokungangatshazwa uyisidumbu esiphilayo, igobolondo uqobo, futhi ulwazi lonke olumayelana noMdali aluhlanganise lutho naye. Emehlweni kaNkulunkulu, umuntu onjalo akakaze akholelwe Kuye, noma akakaze amlandele Yena, futhi uNkulunkulu akambheki njengomuntu okholelwa Kuye noma umlandeli Wakhe, akusaphathwa njengesidalwa esidaliwe esingokoqobo.

Ukuze abe yisidalwa esiqotho, umuntu kumele azi ukuthi ngubani uMenzi wakhe, azi ukuthi wadalelwani, kumele ayenze kanjani imisebenzi yokuba yisidalwa esenziwe, nokuthi uyidumisa kanjani iNkosi yendalo yonke, kumele aqondisise, abambelele, azi, nokuthi anakekele izinhloso zoMdali, izifiso, nezimfuno, nokuthi kumele enze ngokuhambisana nendlela kaMdali—esabe uNkulunkulu abalekele okubi.

Kuyini ukwesaba uNkulunkulu? Futhi ukubalekela kanjani okubi?

“Ukumesaba uNkulunkulu” akusho ukwethuka nokwesaba okungenagama, noma ukugwema, noma ukubeka laphaya kude, noma ukukhonza noma izinkolelo-ze. Kunalokho, kuwukuhlonipha, ukunika isithunzi, ukwethemba, ukuqondisisa, ukunakekela, ukuthobela, ukuzinikela, uthando, kanjalo nokudumisa, ukuvuza nokuzidela okungenambandela nokungenakukhalaza. Ngaphandle kolwazi lweqiniso ngoNkulunkulu, isintu angeke sibe nokuthanda lweqiniso, ukwethembeka ngeqiniso, ukuqonda kweqiniso, ukunakekela kweqiniso noma ukuhlonipha, kodwa kuphela ukwesaba okukhulu novalo, kuphela ukungabaza, ukungaqondisisi, ukugwema nokudoja; ngaphandle kolwazi lweqiniso ngoNkulunkulu, isintu angeke sibe nakho ukuzingcwelisa nokuvuza; ngaphandle kolwazi kweqiniso ngoNkulunkulu, isintu angeke sibe nokukhonza kweqiniso nokuzinikezela, kuphela ukukhonza okweqile okuwubumpumputhe nezinkolelo-ze; ngaphandle kolwazi lweqiniso ngoNkulunkulu, isintu angeke sakwazi ukwenza ngendlela kaNkulunkulu, noma ukwesaba uNkulunkulu, noma ukubalekela okubi. Kunalokho, konke ukwenza nokuziphatha umuntu azibandakanya nakho kuyogcwala ukuphikisa nokwedelela, okunezinsolo zokuhlambalaza kanye nokwehlulela okungalungile Ngaye kanye nokuziphatha ngobubi enze okuphambanayo neqiniso nencazelo eyiqiniso yamazwi kaNkulunkulu.

Uma sinokwethemba ngeqiniso kuNkulunkulu, isintu siyoba nolwazi oluyilo lokuthi singamlandela kanjani uNkulunkulu nokwethembela Kuye; ngokuba nokwethemba kweqiniso kuphela kanye nokuncika kuNkulunkulu, isintu singaba nokuqondisisa kweqiniso nokwazi; ngokuhambisana nokuqondisisa ngeqiniso uNkulunkulu kufika ukuMnakekela kwangempela; ngokunakekela uNkulunkulu ngokweqiniso kuphela isintu singaba nokuhlonipha kweqiniso; ngenhlonipho yeqiniso kuphela kuNkulunkulu isintu singaba nokuzinikela kweqiniso; ngokuzinikela kuNkulunkulu ngeqiniso kuphela isintu singaba nokukhonza okungenamibandela nokungakhalazi; kuphela ngokwethemba nokuncika ngeqiniso, ngokuqondisisa ngeqiniso nokunakekela, ukuhlonipha kweqiniso nokuzinikela ngeqiniso nokukhonza, isintu singaqala ukwazi isimo nengqikithi kaNkulunkulu, kanye nokwazi ubunjalo boMdali; uma sesifinyelele ekumazini uMdali kuphela ilapho isintu singavuselela kuso, ukukhonza nokuzidela kweqiniso; kuphela uma benokukhonza uMdali nokuzidela kweqiniso isintu siyokwazi ukubeka eceleni izindlela zaso ezimbi, lokho okungukuthi, ukubalekela okubi.

Lokhu kuhlanganisa indlela ephelele “yokwesaba uNkulunkulu ubalekele okubi,” nokuthi kubuye kube yingqikithi seyiphelele yokwesaba uNkulunkulu nokubalekela okubi, kanjalo futhi nendlela okumele ihanjwe ukuze kufikwe ekwesabeni uNkulunkulu nokubalekela okubi.

Ukwesaba uNkulunkulu nokudeda kokubi nokwazi uNkulunkulu kuxhumene ngezintambo eziningi ngokungehlukaniswe, futhi ukuxhumana phakathi kwazo kuyabonakala. Uma umuntu efisa ukufinyelela ekubalekeleni okubi, kumele yena kuqala abe nokwesaba uNkulunkulu ngeqiniso; uma yena efisa ukuzuza ukwesaba uNkulunkulu ngeqiniso, yena kuqala kumele amazi uNkulunkulu ngeqiniso; uma efisa ukuthola ulwazi ngoNkulunkulu, yena kumele kuqala abenolwazi lwamazwi kaNkulunkulu, aqiniseke ngamazwi kaNkulunkulu, abenolwazi lokujeziswa nokuqondiswa nguNkulunkulu, ukujeziswa nokwahlulelwa Nguye; uma yena efisa ukuba nolwazi lalawa mazwi kaNkulunkulu, yena kumele kuqala abhekane ubuso nobuso namazwi kaNkulunkulu, abhekane ubuso nobuso noNkulunkulu, nokunxusa uNkulunkulu amuphe amathuba okuwezwa amazwi kaNkulunkulu ngezindlela zonke ezahlukene ezifaka phakathi umuntu, izehlo nezinto; uma yena efisa ukubhekana ubuso nobuso noNkulunkulu namazwi kaNkulunkulu, yena kumele kuqala abe nenhliziyo engazithwele futhi elungile, akulungele ukwamukela iqiniso, inhliziyo yokubekezelela ubunzima, ukuzimisela kanye nesibindi sokubalekela okubi, kanye nentshisekelo yokuba yisidalwa esiqinisekile….Ngale ndlela, ukuya phambili kancane kancane, kuzokusondeza nakakhulu kuNkulunkulu, inhliziyo yakho iyoya ngokukhula ukubamsulwa, futhi impilo yakho nokubaluleka kokuba uyaphila kuyoba, ngokuhambisana nolwazi lwakho ngoNkulunkulu, nokubasemqoka kakhulu futhi kuyoya kuba okuklasile nakakhulu. Kuze kube olunye usuku, lapho uyozwa khona ukuthi uMdali akaseyona impicabadala, ukuthi uMdali akakaze afihleke kuwe, ukuthi uMdali akakaze abufihle ubuso Bakhe kuwe, ukuthi uMdali akakude neze nawe, ukuthi uMdali akaseyena Lona ohlale umlangazelela emicabangweni yakho kodwa ongakwazi ukufinyelela Kuye ngemizwa yakho, ukuthi Yena ngokoqobo futhi ngeqiniso uhlale ekubhekile kwesokunxele nesokudla sakho, esekela ukuphila kwakho, futhi elawula okudalelwe. Akakude noma akazifihlile Yena phezulu emafini. Useceleni kwakho, engamele phezu kwakho konke okwakho, Uyikho konke onako, futhi Uwukuphela kwento onayo. UNkulunkulu onjalo ukuvumela ukuba Umthande ngenhliziyo, unamathele Kuye, uMbambele eduze, Umkhonze, wesabe ukulahlekelwa Nguye, nokuthi ungazimiseli ngokuphinde umphike, uphinde ungamhloniphi Yena noma ukuphinde umgweme Yena futhi noma umbeke kude le. Konke ofuna ukukwenza ukuMnakekela, ukuMhlonipha, ukuMbuyisela konke akunikeza khona, nokuzinikezela embusweni Wakhe. Awusenqabi manje ukuqondiswa, ukunikezwa, ukubhekwa, nokugcinwa Nguye, awusakwenqabi lokho Yena akushoyo nalokho akunqumela kona. Konke okufunayo ukuMlandela, uhambe eduze Kwakhe kwesokunxele noma kwesokudla Sakhe, konke okufunayo ukumamukela Yena njengowukuphila kwakho kuphela, njengowukuphela kweNkosi noNkulunkulu wakho.

Mhlaka 18 Agasti, 2014