荒漠甘泉04/19

荒漠甘泉∕4 19

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「只管站住,看耶和華今天向你們所要施行的救恩。」(聖經出埃及記十四章 13 節)

 

  這節經文對那些遭遇大患難,淪入四面楚歌的聖徒們,正當他左右為難,進退維谷,不知怎樣辦的時候,就是神給他一個明確的指示。

 

  神所給的指示是「只管站住」。在這種情形之下,只有聽神的話才能得救,否則魔鬼及其他的建議,將紛至沓來。「絕望」小聲對你說:「放棄一切,躺下來等死吧!」但神要我們鼓起勇氣,滿了樂觀與希望,即使在最患難的時候,也要因祂的仁慈和信實而歡欣。

 

  「懦弱」對你說:「向後退卻,退回到你原來的世俗辦法中去,你不配作基督徒,這真是太難做了,放棄你的信仰吧!」

 

  假若你真是神的子民,無論魔鬼如何催促你採取世俗的途徑,你決不會信從。神命令你努力,再努力,向前進,你就該遵行,前途無論是死亡或地獄,都不能更變你前進的方向。神吩咐你站立一會兒,只是要你添增新的力量,以備在適當的時候奔向更遠的前程。

 

  「急躁」也向你誘惑,它說:「行動要積極,方稱有所作為,站住等待全是無聊與浪費。」我們心中就想必須立刻有所作為,我們必須下手行動,於是不再去仰望神了。殊不知祂要你站住,不但有所作為,而且還作一切勝利臨到的準備。


  「傲慢」對你誇口說:「假若海洋擋在你面前,衝過去,要求奇蹟的出現!」但是信心對於傲慢、絕望、懦弱和急躁等等的話,一概不聽,只聽神的吩咐,「只管站住」,屹立不動,有如磐石。

 

  「只管站住」,以昂然直立的姿態,準備行動,期待以後的吩咐,愉快而謹慎地等候神的指引。不久神就會對你說,像摩西對以色列人民那樣清晰地說:「往前走」── 司布真

 

  在沒有把握的時候,你要等待。心中任何疑惑的時候,也要等待。不要勉強作任何行動。假若你的心靈如受約束,就該等待到一切澄清,不要故意違抗。

 
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"Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord."(Exod. 14:13.)

THESE words contain God's command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut upon the right hand and on the left. What is he now to do?

The Master's word to him is "stand still." It will be well for him if, at such times, he listens only to his Master's word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, "Lie down and die; give it all up." But God would have us put on a cheerful courage, and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.

Cowardice says, "Retreat; go back to the worldling's way of action; you cannot play the Christian's part; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles."

But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it, if you are a child of God. His Divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from thy course. What if for a while thou art called to stand still; yet this is but to renew thy strength for some greater advance in due time.

Precipitancy cries, "Do something; stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness." We must be doing something at once─we must do it, so we thing─instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.

Presumption boasts, "If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle." But faith listens neigher to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, "Stand still," and immovable as a rock it stands.

"Stand still"─keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, "Go forward." --- Spurgeon.

"Be quiet! why this anxious heed About thy tangled ways? God knows them all. He giveth speed And He allows delays. 'Tis good for thee to walk by faith

And not by sight. Take it on trust a little while. Soon shalt thou read the mystery aright In the full sunshine of His smile."

In times of uncertainty, wait, Always, if you have any doubt, wait. Do not force yourself to any action. If you have a restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear, and do not go against it.

 

 

 

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