荒漠甘泉04/06

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原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「我要站在守望所,立在望樓上觀看,看耶和華對我說甚麼話。」(聖經哈巴谷書二章 1 節)

 

  不等神的幫助,不得神的幫助。 很多時侯我們從神那裡得不到所求的,因為我們沒有等候祂的答應。很多從天來的援助只經過我們,而不臨到我們,都是因為我們沒有站在守望所遠遠看它臨近,開我們的心門來迎接它。

 

  天下雨的時候,你如果不把你的水缸拿出來,你還是得不到水。

 

  人到銀行裡去領錢,決不會一會兒進去,一會兒出來,一會兒把支票放在櫃台上,一會兒把它收回來 ── 如果有人一天這樣作幾次的話,我想可能會有命令下來把這人趕出去。凡誠心到銀行裡來拿錢的人,都是把支票呈上,靜靜地在那裡等待,直到他們拿到了錢,然後出去的。

 

  啊!可惜今天有很多的人把禱告當作兒戲。他們禱告了,不等神的答應,就收回了;再求,再收。

 

  信徒們,讓我們學習在守望所的望樓上多守候神!── 司布真(C. H. Spurgeon

 

  「你的指望……不至斷絕。」(聖經箴言二十三章 18 節)

 
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"I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me."(Hab. 2:1.)

THERE is no waiting on God for help, and there is no help from God, without watchful expectation on our part. If we ever fail to receive strength and defense from Him, it is because we are not on the outlook for it. Many a proffered succour from heaven goes past us, because we are not standing on our watchtower to catch the far-off indications of its approach, and to fling open the gates of our heart for its entrance. He whose expectation does not lead him to be on the alert for its coming will get but little. Watch for God in the events of your life.

The old homely proverb says: "They that watch for providence will never want a providence to watch for," and you may turn it the other way and say, "They that do not watch for providences will never have a providence to watch for." Unless you put out your water-jars when it rains you will catch no water.

We want to be more business-like and use common sense with God in pleading promises. If you were to go to one of the banks, and see a man go in and out and lay a piece of paper on the table, and take it up again and nothing more─if he did that several times a day, I think there would soon be orders to keep the man out.  Those men who come to the bank in earnest present their checks, they wait until they receive their gold, and then they go; but not without having transacted real business.

They do not put the paper down, speak about the excellent signature, and discuss the excellent document; but they want their money for it, and they are not content without it. These are the people who are always welcome at the bank, and not triflers.

 Alas, a great many people play at praying. They do not expect God to give them an answer, and thus they are mere triflers. Our Heavenly Father would have us do real business with Him in our praying. --- C. H. Spurgeon.

"Thine expectation shall not be cut off."

 

 

 

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