荒漠甘泉01/17

荒漠甘泉∕1月 17日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「永活神的僕人但以理啊!你所常事奉的神,能救你……」(聖經但以理書六章 20 節英文聖經直譯)

 

  雖然這節聖經我們曾讀了多次,可是我們常把它忽略過去。

 

  我們知道經上記著神是活的神;然而在我們日常的生活中,我們最會忘記的,乃是神是活的神;因為祂是活的神,祂在三四千年以前怎樣,現在還是怎樣;祂以前是全能的,現在還是;以前有慈愛憐憫,如今對於那些愛祂、事奉祂的人仍有;祂是不改變的。

 

  所以我們該完全信靠祂,在我們最黑暗的時侯,仍不失去這個事實祂仍是,永活的神!

 

  馬丁路得有一次覺得他前途中危機四伏,因此他心中充滿了憂愁和恐懼;這時他自己知道必須抓住上面來的力量,才能過去;他獨自坐著,用他的手指在桌面上畫這幾個字:「祂是永活的!」。

 

  祂是永活的!他喜樂了,他恢復了。「祂是永活的」,也是我們的力量和盼望。今天世上的偉人、領袖、科學家、哲學家等等,只能發光一時,不久完了,人都會過去;祂是永存的。人是點著的燈,所以遲早會熄的;唯有祂是真光,眾光之源,永遠常存的── 馬克拉倫(Alexander Maclaren   「而且基督是他思想的家。無論甚麼時候,他的思想在別的事情上釋放了,就回到基督那裡去;他在一個人的時候,會出聲與基督談話 -- 不管在街上或在別處 -- 頂自然地如同和一個朋友談話一般。主的同在對他頂實在的。」--選

  崔倫保(C. G. Trumbull)說:「有一天,我去見靈命深厚的亞當博士(Dr. John Douglas Adam),他告訴我,他以為靈命中最寶貴的一份,就是靈中不斷的感覺主的確實同在。沒有一樣東西比感覺主的確實同在更能堅固他;這是實在的,並不是一種情感、幻想,或者心理作用。」

  
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"O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee." (Dan. 6:20.)

How many times we find this expression in the Scriptures, and yet it is just this very thing that we are so prone to lose sight of.

 We know it is written "the living God"; but in our daily life there is scarcely anything we practically so much lose sight of as the fact that God is the living God; that He is now whatever He was three or four thousand years since; that He has the same sovereign power, the same saving love towards those who love and serve Him as ever He had and that He will do for them now that He did for others two, three, four thousand years ago, simply because He is the living God, The unchanging One. Oh, how therefore we should confide in Him, and in our darkest moments never lose sight of the fact that He is still and ever will be he living God!

Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him and expect help from Him, He will never fail you. An older brother who has known the Lord for forty-four years, who writes this, says to you for your encouragement that He has never failed him. In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His name. --George Mueller

Luther was once found at a moment of peril and fear, when he had need to grasp unseen strength, sitting in an abstracted mood tracing on the table with his finger the words, "Vivit! Vivit!" ("He lives! He lives! "). It is our hope for ourselves, and for His truth, and for mankind. Men come and go; leaders, teachers, thinkers speak and work for a season, and then fall silent and impotent. He abides. They die, but He lives. They are lights kindled, and, therefore, sooner or later quenched; but He is the true light from which they draw all their brightness, and He shines for evermore. -- Alexander Maclaren.

"One day I came to know Dr. John Douglas Adam," writes C. G. Trumbull.  "I learned from him that what he counted his greatest spiritual asset was his unvarying consciousness of the actual presence of Jesus.

Nothing bore him up so, he said, as the realization that Jesus was always with him in actual presence; and that this was so independent of his own feelings, independent of his deserts, and independent of his own notions as to how Jesus would manifest His presence. "Moreover, he said that Christ was the home of his thoughts. Whenever his mind was free from other matters it would turn to Christ; and he would talk aloud to Christ when he was alone -- on the street, anywhere -- as easily and naturally as to a human friend. So real to him was Jesus' actual presence.

 

 

 

 

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