Sunday, 11 October 2020
Title: Jesus Cares
By: Elder Bryan Lee 李惠隆

Psalm 56:1-4
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.

Prayer

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.

每日灵粮
星期日,2020年10月11日
题目:耶稣顾念
作者:李惠隆长老
翻译:杨仕涵弟兄

诗篇56:1-4
1 神啊,求祢怜悯我,因为人要把我吞了,终日攻击欺压我。
2 我的仇敌终日要把我吞了,因逞骄傲攻击我的人甚多。
3 我惧怕的时候要倚靠祢。
4 我倚靠神,我要赞美祂的话。我倚靠神,必不惧怕,血气之辈能把我怎么样呢?

2002年3月,在我的上一家公司工作了近10年后,我辞职了,并发出推定解雇的通知。我别无选择,因为公司未经讨论更改我的职位和工作条件。目的是迫使我离开而不需承担支付赔偿。(劳动者采取这一行动,希望复职或获得公平赔偿)。

对我来说,做这个决定非常痛苦。我女儿刚要上大学,我儿子刚上中学。没有工作,我从何处能够得到钱支付他们的教育费用呢?这时被恐惧征服不是不可能的。

一位弟兄打电话给我并和我分享诗篇56,在这困境中鼓励我。在诗篇56中,大卫在逃离扫罗王时被非利士人抓走。他呼求上帝拯救他。。。我也在相似的情景。我需要上帝介入我所在的情况,因为我受到公司不公平的对待。

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。

同时,我向劳资关系部提出该案例,以根据1967年《劳资关系法》寻求辅助。当我们呼求上帝介入时,祂为我们提供一位非常称职的劳资关系官员来处理此案。很快的,我在新一家公司担任了前公司的职位,在这家新公司工作至2010年退休。

2002年5月10日,我在我的《每日灵粮》灵修书的页边上写下了 “与劳资关系部的会议”,那天的默想经文是希伯来书13:5-6…….
5 你们存心不可贪爱钱财,要以自己所有的为足;因为主曾说:“我总不撇下你,也不丢弃你。”
6 所以我们可以放胆说:“主是帮助我的,我必不惧怕,人能把我怎么样呢?”
这是上帝何等甜美、适时的提醒:上帝顾念我们!

由于这次的疫情,全世界目前都面临着巨大的挑战。18年前,我经历了我人生中最艰难的季节之一,而主与我同在。
当前是否也有人正在经历人生的艰难时期?
默想诗篇56。

深知我主安慰、垂顾,
倾听、分担我困苦。
或遇世间悲痛,或灵内乾枯,
深知救主看顾。(取自于诗歌:“主可会顾念” Does Jesus Care?)

祷告
主啊,感谢祢的允许,就是在我们绝望的季节,祢永远不会撇下我们,也不会丢弃我们。帮助我们不要惧怕,却要依靠祢。奉主耶稣的名求。阿门。

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