Sunday, 11 October 2020
Title: Jesus Cares
By: Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆
1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me; all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long, for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?
In March 2002 after working nearly 10 years in my previous company I walked out and gave notice for constructive dismissal. I had no choice because the company was changing my designation and work conditions without discussion. The aim was to force me to leave without having to pay compensation. (Employees take this course of action in the hope of reinstatement or fair compensation).
For me it was an agonizing decision to take. My daughter was just about entering university and my son was just transitioning to secondary school. Without a job where would I get the money for their education? It was easy to give in to fear.
A brother called and shared Psalm 56 to encourage me in my difficult situation. In this Psalm, David was seized by the Philistines as he was fleeing from King Saul. He was crying out to God for deliverance…….and I was in similar situation. I needed God to intervene in my situation as I felt being treated unfairly by the company.
In the ensuing days I clung on to God’s assurance that I should not be afraid as long as I trust Him. What can man do to me ?(v.4). As a family we cried out to God for help. Our care group prayed for us earnestly.
At the same time I took the case to the Industrial Relations(IR) department to seek redress under the Industrial Relations Act 1967. As we cried out for God’s intervention, He provided a very competent IR officer to handle the case and soon I was reinstated in my former position in the company for which I served until my retirement in 2010.
In the margin of my copy of Our Daily Bread devotional on May 10 2002, I wrote the words “IR meeting” and the meditation of the day was Hebrews 13:5-6…..
5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
What a timely sweet reassurance from God that He cares!
Because of the pandemic the whole world is currently facing unfathomable challenges. 18 years ago I faced one of the toughest seasons of my life and the Lord was with me.
Is anyone currently going through a difficult season in your life ?
Meditate on Psalm 56.
Oh, yes He cares; I know He cares
His heart is touched with my grief
When the days are weary, the long nights dreary
I know my Savior cares.
Lord, thank You for Your promise that You will never leave or forsake us in our seasons of desperation. Help us not to be afraid but put our trust in You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
在接下来的日子，我紧紧抓住上帝的保障，那就是只要我依靠祂，我就不必惧怕。人能对我做什么？（血气之辈能把我怎么样呢 – 4节）。我们一家人向上帝呼求，祷告祂拯救我们。我们的关怀小组也恒切地为我们祷告。
深知救主看顾。（取自于诗歌：“主可会顾念” Does Jesus Care?）