Friday, 3 April 2020

Proverbs 3.3-5
Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
Do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
And he will show you which path to take.

The Coronavirus storm is still battering my little sailing boat in the vast ocean of life. I am thankful Jesus is my pilot. My boat is popping up and down and swaying left and right. I am totally safe when Jesus is in the boat.
To me, this is the picture of trust. Totally and completely putting your life in his hand.

I have Iearned to trust God watching the lives of my parents. Dad lived up to 75 and mum died at the age of 104. They had gone through many storms together and individually. My dad gave me the compass for life – the Bible. He taught me how to use it. They lived out these truths daily. I am still using this time tested word of God for my life.

My parents taught me Proverbs 3.5-6.
Who should we trust? We must trust the God who created all things and controls all things, including your life. We must trust Jesus the only Son of God who died on the cross of Calvary. He was buried. Three days later, He rose from the dead. Forty days later He ascended back into heaven. Now sitting at the right hand of God interceding for us. We are thankful He gave us the Holy Spirit, who lives in us and guides all through life. Jesus said he is coming again.

The word translated as trust in English means “to lie helpless, face down”. Warren Wiersbe described, “it pictures a servant waiting for the master’s command in readiness to obey, or a defeated soldier yielding himself to the conquering general.”

How are we to trust? “With all your heart”
If trust in God is to be true, it must be complete. To put half trust in God and half in ourself or something else is really not trusting God at all. It’s a hundred per cent or nothing at all! We must trust God with childlike confidence.

“Do not depend on your own understanding” – when we trust God with all our ❤️ we will not depend on our own wisdom. Let’s not lean on a broken clutch, it is not trustworthy. Self-sufficiency and self- dependency have ruined many lives.
It’s true, it is hard to trust a God whom you cannot see. That’s what trust is all about. We walk by faith and not by sight.

How does it look like in real life…

When Abraham and Isaac were walking up the mountain to offer a sacrifice to God.
When Daniel was thrown into the hungry lions.
When Stephen was stoned for preaching Christ.
When one of our loved ones is taken away by Coronavirus.
When a child is born with a hole in the heart or other physical infirmities.

Trusting God and lean not on our own wisdom means living with confidence that God always does what is best even when we can’t see it as such.

Jesus says to take up the cross and follow me every day. The life of Joseph, he went from the pit to the prison and from prison to the palace. It was a hard and tedious journey. But God was with him, that was how he journeyed on day by day. “In all your ways acknowledge him; he will make your path straight”. Yes, the dark clouds of the Coronavirus are still above our heads. When will it be blown over? I don’t know. I just learned to put my trust in the all-wise God.

He will never fail me. He will see me through.

Prayer for today

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious hand. (Isa. 41.10)

Give your burdens to the Lord, and He will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. (Psa. 55.22)

Abba Father, as the Coronavirus ravages on and the lockdown is being prolonged. We become more anxious day by day. Many are out of jobs or taking unpaid leave, many of our offices and businesses are closed. Our financial resources are running low and food supply are being depleted. We are not sure how much longer we can hold on.

Sometimes is hard to think about the birds of the air and flowers of the field that you take care of them. Lord your word still holds true to those who put their trust in you. Lord, we reaffirm our faith in you. Because you are a trustworthy God, you will take care of us until this storm passes by.

Lord, the path ahead of us seems blur and uncertain. Come and hold our hands and lead us on. Help us to recognize your presence, guidance, and grace in all that we do. As we put our trust in you and acknowledge you, you will make our path a lot straighter and our destination much closer.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isa. 26.3)

We need your peace and your strength and courage to face the future. We give praise and thanks in Jesus Name, Amen

If you need any kind of help please contact me privately.  It will be private and confidential. If you have anything you can share to help others, we will use your resources to bless the needy. Have a good day, stay home and stay safe.

Pastor Isaac Yim

xxx

每日灵粮
3/4/20
(作者: 严以撒牧师)

箴言 3:5-6

你要专心仰赖耶和华,不可倚靠自己的聪明, 在你一切所行的事上都要认定他,他必指引你的路。

新冠病毒这场风暴仍在浩瀚的人生海洋击打我的小帆船。我很感恩因为耶稣是我的领航者。我的小船虽左右摇晃,但因为耶稣在船上,我安然无恙。对我来说,这就是仰赖神的画面:完全地,彻底地把你的生命交在他手中。

从观察我父母的生命,我学会了仰赖上帝。 爸爸活到七十五岁,妈妈享年一百零四岁。他们不但各自,也共同经历了许多风暴。爸爸给了我人生的指南针—圣经。他教我如何使用它。他们每天都活出真理。我至今还在使用着经过时间考验的圣经。

我的父母教我箴言3: 5-6
我们该仰赖谁呢?我们必须仰赖创造万物并掌管万有的上帝,包括你的生命。我们必须仰赖死在各各他十字架上的耶稣,他是上帝的独生子。他被埋葬了。三天后,他从死里复活。四十天后,他回到了天堂。现在坐在上帝的右边为我们代求。我们感谢他赐我们圣灵,他活在我们里面,引导我们的一生。耶稣也说他会再来。

‘仰赖’ 在英文被翻译为 ‘无助地躺下,面朝下’。对于这词,华伦. 魏斯比(Warren Wiersbe)表示,‘它描绘了仆人以准备服从的态度,等待主人的命令,又或者像一位败兵将自己屈服于敌军的将军。’

我们如何仰赖? 就是‘专心’
如果要真实地仰赖上帝,那么就必须是完全地仰赖。半信上帝,又半信自己或其他事物,实际上根本就不是仰赖他。若不是百分之一百,就是根本没有!我们必须以孩子般的信心仰赖上帝。

‘不要依靠自己的聪明’-当我们全心全意地仰赖上帝,我们就不会依靠自己的智慧。我们不要依靠会破碎的事物,因为不值得信赖。自足和自立已经毁了许多生命。的确,很难仰赖一个看不见的上帝。这就是所谓的仰赖。我们凭信心而不是凭眼见而行。

‘仰赖’在现实生活中是怎样被展现出来?

当亚伯拉罕和以撒登山献祭
当但以理被扔进饥饿的狮子群中
当司提反因传讲基督而被扔石头
当新冠病毒夺走我们所爱的人
当孩子天生心脏有孔或身体虚弱

仰赖上帝而不依靠我们自己的智慧意味着即使我们处在看不到上帝的情况下, 我们仍确信帝所做的一切都是最好的。

耶稣说,背起十字架,每天跟随我。约瑟的一生,他从深坑到监狱,从监狱到宫殿。这是艰辛而乏味的旅程。但是上帝与他同在,这就是他每天跟随主的旅程。 ‘在你一切所行的事上都要认定他,他必指引你的路。’

是的,新冠病毒仍像乌云笼罩着我们。什么时候将平息,我不知道。我只学习仰赖全能的上帝。

他总不撇弃我。他会领我度过难关。

为今天祷告

你不要害怕,因为我与你同在;不要惊惶,因为我是你的神。我必坚固你,我必帮助你,我必用我公义的右手扶持你(以赛亚书 41:10)

你要把你的重担卸给耶和华,他必抚养你,他永不叫义人动摇。(诗篇55:22)

阿爸父,新冠病毒仍摧残世人,封城的时间也被延长。 我们一天天变得更加焦虑。 许多人失业,或者休无薪假,我们的许多办公室和企业都关闭了。 我们的财政资源渐渐匮乏,粮食供应也渐渐减少。 我们不知道我们还能坚持多久。

有时是很难想象你照顾着天空的飞鸟和野地的花。 主,对那些仰赖你的人,你的真理依然真实。 主,求你再次坚固我们的信心。 因为你是值得我们仰赖的上帝,你会照顾我们,直到这场风暴过去。

主啊,我们前面的道路似乎模糊不定。 求你来牵着我们的手,带领我们前进。 帮助我们在我们所做的一切中认出你的同在,引导和恩典。 当我们信靠祢,并认定你,你会修直我们所走的路,使我们更加接近目的地。

坚心倚赖你的,你必保守他十分平安,因为他倚靠你(以赛亚书26:3)

我们需要你所赐的平安,力量来勇敢面对未来。 我们奉主耶稣的名赞美和感谢,阿门

如果你需要任何形式上的帮助,请私下与我联系。 私下所谈的将会被保密。
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祝你有美好的一天,留在家里,并注意安全。

(巫惠如 译)

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