荒漠甘泉07/21

荒漠甘泉∕7 月 21日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「讓我將羊毛再試一次;但願羊毛是乾的,別的地方都有露水。」(聖經士師記六章 39 節)

 

  基督徒的信心有三個時期。在第一個時期裡,我們對於一件事,如果沒有看見兆頭或者顯著的感覺,就不容易相信。像基甸一樣,一定要 先去摸摸羊毛,如果羊毛是乾的,才願意相信。這種信心常要在神的話語以外,另外找些感覺和證據。

 

  在第二個時期時,我們對於一件事,如果沒有感覺,也能夠相信。這就是告訴我們說,我們的信心有了顯著的進步了。

 

  在第三個時期裡的信心和基甸摸羊毛的信心適正相反。第一期的信心,是憑依順利的感覺來相信的;第二期的信心,沒有感覺,也能相信 了;第三期的信心,在環境、感覺、外表、世人、理智,都催促你向反面作去的時候,你依舊持守神的話語。保羅在聖經使徒行傳二十七章二 十、二十五節裡所用的,就是這樣的信心 ── 「太陽和星辰多日不顯露,又有狂風大浪催逼,我們得救的指望都絕了。」雖然這樣,保羅卻說:「所以眾位可以放心,我信神祂怎樣對我說,事情也要怎樣成就。」

 

  願神賜我們這樣的信心,叫我們不看環境,完全信賴神的話語。 --- C. H. P.

 

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"Let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece." (Judges 6:39.)

THERE are degrees to faith. At one stage of Christian experience we cannot believe unless we have some sign or some great manifestation of feeling. We feel our fleece, like Gideon, and if it is wet we are willing to trust God. This may be true faith, but it is imperfect. It always looks for feeling or some token besides the Word of God. It marks quite an advance in faith when we trust God without feelings. It is blessed to believe without having any emotion.

There is a third stage of faith which even transcends that of Gideon and his fleece. The first phase of faith believes when there are favorable emotions, the second believes when there is the absence of feeling, but this third form of faith believes God and His Word when circumstances, emotions, appearances, people, and human reason all urge to the contrary. Paul exercised this faith in Acts 27:20, 25, "And when neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved was then taken away." Not-withstanding all this Paul said, "Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer; for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me."

May God give us faith to fully trust His Word though everything else witness the other way. --- C. H. P.

When is the time to trust?
Is it when all is calm,
When waves the victor's palm,
And life is one glad psalm
Of joy and praise?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is when the waves beat high,
When storm clouds fill to sky,
And prayer is one long cry,
O help and save!

When is the time to trust?
Is it when friends are true?
Is it when comforts woo,
And is all we say and do
We meet but praise?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is when we stand alone,
And summer birds have flown,
And every prop is gone,
All else but God.

What is the time to trust?
Is it some future day,
When you have tricd your way,
And learned to trust and pray
By bitter woe?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is in this moment's need.
Poor, broken, bruised reed!
Poor, troubled soul, make speea
To trust thy God.

What is the time to trust?
Is it when hopes beat high,
When sunshine gilds the sky,
And joy and ecstasy
Fill all the heart?
Nay! but the time to trust
Is when our joy is fled,
When sorrow bows the head,
And all is cold and dead,
All else but God.
─Selected.

 

 

 

 

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