荒漠甘泉04/15

荒漠甘泉∕4 月 15日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

 「我倚靠你的話。」(聖經詩篇一百十九篇 42 節)

 

   我們信神的話有多少,就是我們的信心有多少。

 

  信心與感覺、影像、可能性、眼見,無關。如果你們把它們與信心並列,我們就是不信神的話;因為信心用不著這種東西。信心單信神的話。當我們憑祂的話抓住祂的時候,我們的心就得到了安息

 

  神樂意鍛鍊我們的信心,為著我們個人的益處、教會的益處、世人的益處。但是這種鍛煉,我們非但不歡迎,反常躲避。當試煉臨到我們的時候,我們應當這樣說:「我的天父把這試煉的杯放在我手中,為要叫我將來享受甘甜。」不只試煉和困難能鍛鍊、加增我們的信心;讀經亦然。

 

  你能否說,神是可愛的神呢?如果你還不能,讓我們誠摯的心來勸你趕快求神給你造出讀經的嗜好來,好使你知道祂的溫柔、仁愛;好使你能說:神是多好!神的心何等歡喜善待祂的兒女!

 

  我們愈進入這種地步,我們愈願意把我們自己交託在神手中,越滿意祂對於我們的一切處置。這樣,當試煉來到的時候,我們就會這樣說:「我要等待,看神這一次將要給我什麼好處。無論如何,祂必叫我得益。」如此我們就能在世人面前作美好的見證,同時也能堅固別的信徒的信心。──莫勒(George Mueller)

 
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"I trust in thy word." (Psa. 119:42.)

JUST in proportion in which we believe that God will do just what He has said, is our faith strong or weak.

Faith has nothing to do with feelings, or with impressions, with improbabilities, or with outward appearances. If we desire to couple them with faith, then we are no longer resting on the Word of God because faith needs nothing of the kind. Faith rests on the naked Word of God. When we take Him at His Word, the heart is at peace.

God delights to exercise faith, first for blessing in our own souls, then for blessing in the Church at large, and also for those without. But this exercise we shrink from instead of welcoming. When trials come, we should say: "My Heavenly Father puts this cup of trial into my hands, that I may have something sweet afterwards."  Trials are the food of faith. Oh, let us leave ourselves in the hands of our Heavenly Father! It is the joy of His heart to do good to all His children.

But trials and difficulties are not the only means by which faith is exercised and thereby increased. There is the reading of the Scriptures, that we may by them acquaint ourselves with God as He has revealed Himself in His Word.

Are you able to say, from the acquaintance you have made with God, that he is a lovely Being? If not, let me affectionately entreat you to ask God to bring you to this, that you may admire His gentleness and kindness, that you may be able to say how good He is, and what a delight it is to the heart of God to do good to His children.

Now the nearer we come to this in our inmost souls, the more ready we are to leave ourselves in His hands, satisfied with all His dealings with us. And when trial comes, we shall say:

"I will wait and see what good God will do to me by it, assured He will do it." This we shall bear an honorable testimony before the world, and thus we shall strengthen the hands of others. --- George Mueller.

 

 

 

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