荒漠甘泉10/07

荒漠甘泉∕10 月 7日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

 「你們中間誰是敬畏耶和華聽從祂僕人之話的。這人行在暗中,沒有亮光,當倚靠耶和華的名,仗賴自己的神。」(聖經以賽亞書五十 章 10 節)

 

  一個信徒在黑暗苦悶中應該怎樣呢?在疑難困擾中應該怎樣呢?一個忠心順服神旨的信徒常會遭到黑暗苦悶的經歷,有時竟會叫他不知道該怎樣行 天上滿佈著黑雲,路上也看不見亮光;真好像在暗中摸索一般。

 

  親愛的,這在暗中摸索的是不是正是你呢?一個信徒在這種黑暗苦悶的時候該怎樣行呢?聽神的話!「當倚靠耶和華的名,仗賴自己的 神。」

 

  第一件當做的事就是不做什麼。這是可憐的人性很難做到的一件事。在西方有一句格言說:「困惱的時候不要急衝。」這意思就是說: 「你不知當做什麼的時候,就當不做。」

 

  要是前面有霧,就不該再向前航行。在必需的時候,還該拋下錨去。照樣,在黑暗苦悶的時候,我們不該再做什麼。我們所要做的只是信靠仰賴神。惟有在我們信靠的時候,神才能替我們工作。如果我們的心仍自憂急痛苦,如果覆蔽我們的黑暗仍能叫我們恐怖,如果我們仍然東奔西走地去逃避神給我們的試煉,我告訴你:神一點都不能替我們做甚麼。

 

  我們應當靜下我們的心來安息在上帝的平安裡。我們應當像小孩一般把我們的手放在上帝的手中,讓祂引領我們進入祂愛的光明中去。 

        樹林裡的路徑只有祂最熟悉,所以讓我們爬上祂的雙臂去;祂必懷抱我們從最簡捷最穩妥的路徑出去。──巴亭登(Dr. Pardington)

我們不知道該怎樣駕駛的時候,旁邊絕不會沒有嚮導的。

 
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"Who is among you that feareth Jehovah, that obeyeth the voice of his servant? He that walketh in darkness and hath no light, let him trust in the name of Jehovah and rely upon his God." (Isa. 50:10, R. V.)

What shall the believer do in times of darkness--the darkness of perplexity and confusion, not of heart but of mind? Times of darkness come to the faithful and believing disciple who is walking obediently in the will of God; seasons when he does not know what to do, nor which way to turn. The sky is overcast with clouds. The clear light of Heaven does not shine upon his pathway. One feels as if he were groping his way in darkness.

Beloved, is this you? What shall the believer do in times of darkness?  Listen! "Let him trust in the name of the Lord, and rely upon his God."

The first thing to do is do nothing. This is hard for poor human nature to do. In the West there is a saying that runs thus, "when you're rattled, don't rush"; in other words, "when thus, "When you're rattled, don't rush'; in other words, "When you don't know what to do, don't do it."

When you run into a spiritual fog bank, don't tear ahead; slow down the machinery of your life. If necessary, anchor your bark or let it swing at its moorings. We are to simply trust God. While we trust, God can work. Worry prevents Him from doing anything for us. If our minds are distracted and our hearts distressed; if the darkness that overshadows us strikes terror to us; if we run hither and yon in a vain effort to find some way of escape out of a dark place of trial, where Divine providence has put us, the Lord can do nothing for us.

The peace of God must quiet our minds and rest our hearts. We must put our hand in the hand of God like a little child, and let Him lead us out into the bright sunshine of His love.

He knows the way out of the woods. Let us climb up into His arms, and trust Him to take us out by the shortest and surest road. --- Dr. Pardington.

Remember we are never without a pilot when we know not how to steer.

"Hold on, my heart, in thy believing --- The steadfast only wins the crown; He who, when stormy winds are heaving, Parts with its anchor, shall go down; But he who Jesus holds through all, Shall stand, though Heaven and earth should fall. "Hold out! There comes an end to sorrow; Hope from the dust shall conquering rise; The storm foretells a summer's morrow; The Father reigneth! Cease all doubt; Hold on, my heart, hold on, hold out."

 

 

 

 

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