荒漠甘泉06/28

荒漠甘泉∕6 月 28日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

『見天上有門開了。』(啟四章一節)

 

 你一定記得約翰為神的道,並為耶穌作見證,曾囚在那名叫拔摩的海島上,一個淒涼、冷落、荒野的監獄裏。離開了以弗所的親人,斷絕了教會中的交往,所接觸的,儘是些不相投的俘虜。在這種境遇之下,神會給他這樣大的異象。在他無路可走的時候,神給他開了天上的門。

 

 我們也記得雅各離開了父家,躺臥在一個荒寂的曠野裏,夢見一個梯子立在地上,梯子的一頭頂著天,耶和華站在梯子以上。

 

 不只這兩個人,還有很多信徒,從世界的眼光看來,他們的境遇未必能使他們得到這種啟示;可是事實上,還有很多信徒,從世界的眼光看來,他們的境遇未必能使他們得到這種啟示;可是事實上,他們都曾看見天上有門為他們開了。

 

 很多囚犯俘虜,很多被痛苦的鐵鏈束縛在病榻上的長期受苦者,很多孤單漂泊的旅客,很多被家務纏累不能來聚會的婦女們,都曾看見過天上的門為他們打開了。

 

 但是有條件的啊!我們要看見天上的門打開,必須知道怎樣生活在靈裏,必須有一個清潔順服的心,必須像保羅一樣將萬事當作有損的,以認識我的主基督耶穌為至寶。等到我們把神當作一切的一切的時候,等到我們一舉一動都蒙祂喜悅的時候,天上的門自然也會為我們打開了。-譯自日誠報(Daily Devotional Commentary

 
***************************

"A door opened in heaven." (Rev. 4:1.)

YOU must remember that John was in the Isle of Patmos, a lone, rocky, inhospitable prison, for the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus. And yet to him, under such circumstances, separated from all the loved ones of Ephesus; debarred from the worship of the Church; condemned to the companionship of uncongenial fellowcaptives, were vouchsafed these visions. For him, also a door was opened.

We are reminded of Jacob, exiled from his father's house, who laid himself down in a desert place to sleep, and in his dreams beheld a ladder which united Heaven with earth, and at the top stood God.

Not to these only, but to many more, doors have been opened into Heaven, when, so far as the world was concerned, it seemed as though their circumstances were altogether unlikely for such revelations.

To prisoners and captives; to constant sufferers, bound by iron chains of pain to sick couches; to lonely pilgrims and wanderers; to women detained from the Lord's house by the demands of home, how often has the door been opened to Heaven.

But there are conditions. You must know what it is to be in the Spirit; you must be pure in heart and obedient in faith; you must be willing to count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Jesus Christ; then when God is all in all to us, when we live, move and have our being in His favor, to us also will the door be opened. --- Daily Devotional Commentary.

"God hath His mountains bleak and bare,
where He doth bid us rest awhile;
Crags where we breathe a purer air,
Lone peaks that catch the day's first smile.

"God hath His deserts broad and brown─
A solitude─a sea of sand,
Where He doth let heaven's curtain down,
Unknit by His Almighty hand."

 

 

 

發表於2008/06/19 01:09 (2415閱讀)


隨機文章