荒漠甘泉06/02

荒漠甘泉∕6 2

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「他在無可指望的時候,因信仍有指望....他的信心還是不軟弱。」(聖經羅馬書四章 18/19 節)

 

  記得有一次有人問莫勒George Mueller先生如何可得堅強的信心。這位信心之王答覆說:「只有一個方法,就是忍受試煉。我個人學得信心,都是因為在凶險的試煉中站住的緣故。」這話是真實的。當一切都無可靠的時候,才是信靠神的時候。

 

  親愛的,你太輕看你目前的機會了;你現在所受的苦難,就是學得堅強信心的學校;神要在那裡教導你怎樣在絕望中抓住祂的施恩寶座。

 

  「不要怕,只要信。」(聖經馬可福音五章 36 節)什麼時候你怕,什麼時候你就抬頭向天說:「什麼時候我怕,什麼時候我更要信靠你。」這樣,你就會感謝神了;因為苦難的學校就是信心的學校── 信宣(A. B. Simpson

  
大的信心必經大的試煉。  上帝的最大賜予,都要經過了苦痛方能得到。無論從精神的領域,或人世的領域去觀察,任何偉大的事業與改革,有益的發明與復興,有那一樣不是來自人類的辛苦,不眠不休,流血流淚呢?那一件事物的産生,不是先有如生産之痛苦呢?要樹立上帝的殿,大衛必須承受酷烈的痛苦;要使上帝的福音和猶太傳統分別爲聖,保羅的一生必須經歷長期的磨難。

 
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"For Abraham, when hope was gone, hoped on in faith. His faith never quailed." (Rom. 4:18,19.)

WE shall never forget a remark that George Mueller once made to a gentleman who had asked him the best way to have strong faith.

"The only way," replied the patriarch of faith, "to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings." This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails.

Dear one, you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity; if you are passing through great afflictions you are in the very soul of the strongest faith, and if you will only let go, he will teach you in these hours the mightiest hold upon His throne which you can ever know.

"Be not afraid, only believe." And if you are afraid, just look up and say, "What time I am afraid I will trust in thee." and you will yet thank God for the school of sorrow which was to you the school of faith. --- A. B. Simpson.  

"Great faith must have great trials."  "God's greatest gifts come through travail. Whether we look into the spiritual or temporal sphere, can we discover anything, any great reform, any beneficent discovery, any soul-awakening revival, which did not come through the toils and tears, the vigils and blood-shedding of men and women whose sufferings were the pangs of its birth? If the temple of God is raised, David must bear sore afflictions; if the Gospel of the grace of God is to be disentangled from Jewish tradition, Paul's life must be one long agony."

 

 

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