荒漠甘泉10/08

荒漠甘泉∕10 月 8日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

 「應當一無掛慮。」(聖經腓立比書四章 6 節)

 

  很多基督徒不斷地過著焦急掛慮的生活,有的竟煩惱得可憐。

 

  怎樣能在日常忙亂的生活中得到完全的安息,是一個值得知道的祕訣。讓我們先看:掛慮究竟有什麼用處?掛慮從來沒有使誰強壯過; 從來沒有使誰遵行神旨過;也從來沒有使誰逃出困難過。掛慮只會損害有用的生命、美麗的生命。

 

  焦急、掛慮、擔憂,都是我們的的主所絕對禁止的,我們的主說:「不要....憂慮,喫什麼....穿什麼」 (聖經馬太福音六章 25 節) 主的意思並不是說:我們用不著預先思想,我們的生活可以毫無計劃、毫無規律;祂乃是說:我們用不著為這些事掛慮。

 

  你以為你這樣掛慮、擔憂,別人不會知道麼?我告訴你:從你臉上的愁紋,從你說話的聲調,從你生活中最微小的動作,你缺乏喜樂的精神看來,別人早已知道了。我們應當把我們的掛慮卸給神!因為祂說:「凡勞苦擔重擔的人可以到我這裡來,我就使你們得安息。」 聖經馬太福音十一章 28 節)── 沙勤德(Rev. Darlow Sargeant)

  煩惱、掛慮、猜疑、不信,都是基督人最大的弱點。我們究竟能不能從它得到甚麼呢?它們不是常使我們失去活動的機會麼?它們不是常使我們失却智慧的果斷麼?許多時候我們原可以依靠信心漂浮的,卻因為自己掙扎的緣故反沉下去了。 

        哦,我們多麼需要安靜的能力!哦,我們當安靜,當知道耶和華是上帝!以色列的聖者不能不保護拯救祂自己的子民。祂的每一句話都是有效力的;高山可以挪開,天地可以廢去,祂的話卻不能廢去。祂值得我們信任,也應得我們信任。我的魂哪,歸來罷,歸來安息罷,歸來倒在主的懷裡罷!
──選

 
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"Do not begin to be anxious." (Phil. 4:6, P. B. V.)

Not a few Christians live in a state of unbroken anxiety, and other fret and fume terribly. To be perfectly at peace amid the hurly-burly of daily life is a secret worth knowing. What is the use of worrying? It never made anybody strong; never helped anybody to do God's will; never made a way of escape for anyone out of perplexity. Worry spoils live which would otherwise be useful and beautiful. Restlessness, anxiety, and care are absolutely forbidden by our Lord, who said: "Take no thought," that is, no anxious thought, "saying what shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or wherwithal shall we be clothed?" He does not mean that we are not to take forethought and that our life is to be without plan or method; but that we are not to worry about these things.  People know you live in the realm of anxious care by the lines on your face, the tones of your voice, the minor key in your life, and the lack of joy in your spirit. Scale the heights of a life abandoned to God, then you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet. --- Rev. Darlow Sargeant.

It is always weakness to be fretting and worrying, questioning and mistrusting. Can we gain anything by it? Do we not unfit ourselves for action, and unhinge our minds for wise decision? We are sinking by our struggles when we might float by faith.

Oh, for grace to be quiet! Oh, to be still and know that Jehovah is God! The Holy One of Israel must defend and deliver His own. We may be sure that every word of His will stand, though the mountains should depart. He deserves to be confided in. Come, my soul, return unto thy rest, and lean thy head upon the bosom of the Lord Jesus. --- Selected.

 

 

 

 

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