14th June 2020, Sunday

Cure for anxiety.
By elder Bryan Lee. 李惠隆

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” – Psalm 46:10

The Covid19 pandemic is still raging fiercely in the world.
After half a year the world is still a dangerous place because of the virus. We can only be safe until a vaccine is found.

We have seen the epicenter of the virus moved from China to Europe and then to the US. Now the epicenter is in South America. In a few weeks, it will move to the African continent. There is no escape. The death toll is unprecedented in recent memory.

The only way of escaping this virus is lockdown or in the definition of the above verse…..”Be still”

Mighty nations have been brought to their knees.

Planes have to stop flying, ships stop sailing, cars stop running and mankind stops walking and stays at home.

The whole world has to come to a standstill by an invisible virus.
The financial, emotional and psychological impact is on a magnitude we have not seen before.

It has caused so much chaos in the world and impacted our everyday life into what we now called a new normal way of living for which we all are trying to adjust.
In the midst of pain everywhere we are asking “God what are you trying to say to us ?”

CS Lewis in his book “The Problem of Pain” wrote this “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

The pandemic, in my opinion, is definitely God’s megaphone announcing we are not in control. He is.

Many of us have been saddled with various kinds of anxieties as a result of this pandemic for which we have no control.

When trouble hits, don’t strive against God. Know that He is the sovereign Lord who cares for us and tells us to cast ALL our anxieties on him(1 Pet 5:7). He will be exalted and glorified in the earth. He wants us to exalt Him by submitting joyfully to Him even in the midst of trouble.

“Be still and know that I am God” the psalmist says.

Prayer

Lord forgive us that sometimes we act as if we are in control of our own destiny. But a pandemic like this shows that we are not. You are God almighty. We affirm that you are God in good times and also in bad times and we give glory to you because you are the sovereign Lord in control and because of this we can be still and have peace in the midst of the raging storm around us.

Thank you that our burdens are lifted at Calvary. In Jesus Name. Amen.

每日灵粮
2020年6月14日,星期日
 
作者:李惠隆长老
翻译:方美珠姐妹

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“你们要休息,要知道我是神!我必在外邦中被尊崇,在遍地上也被尊崇。” -诗篇46:10

新冠肺炎流感仍在全球肆虐。
从这病毒流传开始,至今已半年了世界仍然是个危险的地方。只有找到疫苗,我们才能安全。

我们已经看到这病毒的震中从中国转移到欧洲,然后再转移到美国。现在震中位于南美洲。再过几周后它将移至非洲大陆。无路可逃。近代记忆中,死亡人数是历来使无空前的。

逃脱此病毒的唯一方法是全民封锁或如上述经文所记载的定义……“你们要休息”
强大的国家屈服了。
飞机必须停止飞行,船舶停止航行,汽车停止行驶,人们停止行走并呆在家里。
整个世界都被这一种看不见的病毒被迫瞬间停顿。
经济,情绪和心理上的强烈影响是前所未有的。
它给世界造成了极大的混乱,并影响了我们的日常生活,我们现在还在努力的调整并称这情况为新的正常生活方式。

在痛苦中我们询问:“上帝,你想对我们说什么?”
刘易斯(CS Lewis)在他的《疼痛问题》一书中写道:“上帝在我们欢乐时对我们轻声细语,用我们的良心与我们说话,在我们痛苦中祂大喊:这是祂的扩音机为要唤醒一个聋哑的世界。”
我认为这种大流感绝对是上帝的扩音机,宣布不是我们在控制这世界。是祂。
由于这场大流感是我们所无法控制的,我们许多人都背负着各样的焦虑。

当遇到麻烦时,请不要与上帝背道而驰。要知道祂是我们的君王,我们当将一切的忧虑卸给祂,因为祂顾念我们的(彼前5:7)。祂将在地上被高举和荣耀。祂要我们在患难中也乐意服事祂高举祂的名
诗人说:“你们要休息,要知道我是神。”
 
祷告。
上帝求祢宽恕我们,有时候我们的举止好像是我们在掌控着自己的命运。但是像这样的大流感显示不是我们在掌控。祢是全能的上帝。我们肯定不管得时不得时祢都是上帝,我们要荣耀祢因为祢是掌管一切的君主,因此,尽管我们在狂风暴雨中,我们依然得以平安。
谢谢祢让我们的重担可以在各各他卸下。奉耶稣的名。阿们

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