荒漠甘泉04/08

荒漠甘泉∕4 8

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「我為基督的緣故,就以軟弱、凌辱、急難、逼迫、困苦,為可喜樂的。因我甚麼時侯軟弱,甚麼時侯就剛強了。」(聖經哥林多後書十二章 10 節)

 

  若是把這一節聖經直譯出來,是非常有力的。直譯該是:「我為基督的緣故,就是沒有力量、被人侮辱、受折磨、被追趕、陷入絕境,還是喜樂的,因我什麼時候沒有力量,什麼時侯就像炸藥一般猛烈。」

 

  這是得神夠用恩典的祕訣:就是承認我們自己的環境和一切都已完了。當我們到了這種境地的時侯,我們就不會再去求人的同情了。所以,所有的患難、痛苦,都是我們得祝福的條件,我們可以藉此向神有所要求── 信宣(A. B. Simpson

 

  蘇格蘭的盲人佈道家馬得勝George Matheson,現已睡了)說:「我的神啊,我從來沒有為我的刺感謝過你。我曾為我的玫瑰感謝你過一千次,卻沒有為我的刺感謝過你一次。我一直注目仰望那個因背十字架而得的獎賞,卻從來沒有想到十字架本身就是現在榮耀的獎賞。」

 

  「求你給我知道十字架的榮耀;求你給我知道刺的價值;求你給我看見痛苦的路徑是到你那裡去的梯級;求你給我看見我的眼淚是築成虹彩的材料。」

 
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"Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong."(2 Cor. 12:10.)

THE literal translation of this verse gives a startling emphasis to it, and makes it speak for itself with a force that we have probably never realized. Here it is: "Therefore I take pleasure in being without strength, in insults, in being pinched, in being chased about, in being cooped up in a corner for Christ's sake; for when I am without strength, then am I dynamite."

Here is the secret of Divine all-sufficiency, to come to the end of everything in ourselves and in our circumstances. when we reach this place, we will stop asking for sympathy because of our hard situation or bad treatment, for we will recognize these things as the very conditions of our blessing, and we will turn from them to God and find in them a claim upon Him. --- A. B. Simpson.

George Matheson, the well-known blind preacher of Scotland, who recently went to be with the Lord, said: My God, I have never thanked thee for my thorn. I have thanked Thee a thousand times for my roses, but not once for my thorn. I have been looking forward to a world where I shall get compensation for my cross; but I have never thought of my cross as itself a present glory.

"Teach me the glory of my cross; teach me the value of my thorn. Show me that I have climbed to Thee by the path of pain. show me that my tears have made my rainbows."

 

 

 

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