荒漠甘泉04/22

荒漠甘泉∕4 月 22日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「祂知道我所行的路。」(聖經約伯記23章10節)

        信徒哪!這是何等靠得住的事實!你的路──不管是曲、是直、是窄、是寬、是崎嶇、是平坦──祂都知道。祂是全能的上帝,指導我們的腳步;有時向著瑪拉,有時向著以琳。 

        路不一定盡都易行,但在出埃及黑暗的路口,神供給以色列子民以雲柱、火柱、嗎哪和甘泉,爐子裏燃燒著烈火,我們不僅僅能信靠那點火的人,並且我們可以斷定烈火不是用來燒毀我們,乃是用來鍛煉我們,鍛煉過程完成之後,我們將成精金。有了這樣把握,信徒們,放膽開步罷! 

        人們認爲神離我們很遠的時候,他卻最接近我們。「我的靈在我裡面發昏的時候,祢知道我的道路。」(詩一四二3) 

        你可知道,上帝比太陽最光輝的輻射還要光明,早晨祂以榮光喚醒我們,整天以慈愛和溫柔的視線,照著我們,知道我們要走的道路。你明白這道理嗎? 

        世人在患難的時候,往往空洞地喊著「天意」。何謂天意?爲什麽放棄了活的上帝,放棄了有生命的耶和華,代之以空洞無生命的所謂天意! 

        我們如果能像約伯一樣,在災難中間,只見上帝的手,我們的試煉就會變得輕鬆了。約伯在示巴人的刀劍後面,在天上降下的火後面,在曠野颳來的狂風後面,都看見上帝的手。「賞賜的是耶和華,收取的也是耶和華;耶和華的名,是應當稱頌的。」(伯一20) 
 
  約伯在每一件事情上看見神,所以他能在爐火中說:「祂雖殺我,我還要信靠祂。」(聖經約伯記十三章 15 節英文聖經直譯) ── 馬克特夫(Macduff

 
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"He knoweth the way that I take." (Job. 23:10.)

BELIEVER! What a glorious assurance! This way of thine─this, it may be, a crooked, mysterious, tangled way─ this way of trial and tears. "He knoweth it." The furnace seven times heated─He lighted it. There is an Almighty Guide knowing and directing our foot-steps, whether it be to the bitter Marah pool, or to the joy and refreshment of Elim.

That way, dark to the Egyptians, has its pillar of cloud and fire for His own Israel. The furnace is hot; but not only can we trust the hand that kindles it, but we have the assurance that the fires are lighted not to consume, but to refine; and that when the refining process is completed (no sooner─no later) He brings His people forth as gold.

When they think Him least near, He is often nearest. "When my spirit was overwhelmed, then thou knewest my path."

How it would take the sting from many a goading trial, to see what Job saw (in his hour of aggravated woe, when every earthly hope lay prostrate at his feet)─no hand but the Divine. He saw that hand behind the gleaming swords of the Sabeans─he saw it behind the lightning flash ─he saw it giving wings to the careening tempest─he saw it in the awful silence of his rifled home.

"The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the lord!"

Thus seeing God in everything, his faith reached its climax when this once powerful prince of the desert, seated on his bed of ashes, could say, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust him." --- Macduff. 

 

 

 

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