Thursday, 22 October 2020
Title: God’s Enabling Power!
By: Cecilia Tan 陈俊芳

Psalm 121:1-2
“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.”

The psalmist in Psalm 121 paints the world as a hostile and threatening place and realizes that his life’s journey is fraught with danger. He raises the question: “Where does my help come from?” Verse 2 is his immediate answer – he declares God is his Helper and Maker, being convinced that his dependence upon God will not be in vain.

How so? Depending on a God who desires to help but whose power is inadequate will not bring comfort or hope. But the psalmist here knows for a fact that the God he is counting on to walk alongside him on his life’s perilous journey, stands above all of creation as its all powerful Maker!

What a tremendous sense of relief to know his deliverer wants to help and has more than sufficient power to do so! Jeremiah 32:17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for You.”

Undoubtedly the psalmist also has the unshakable conviction that God loves him beyond measure and is certain that his Helper and Maker will sustain him through every storm of life. Hence, he has learned to cast his hopelessness, despair and fear of the unknown at the feet of God and draw strength from God’s promise in Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Countless individuals have navigated the storms of life by emulating the psalmist’s complete trust in the enabling power of God. They have been able to face every situation with calmness and confidence, knowing that with God’s sustaining power, they can still live meaningful and fruitful lives for the glory of God! Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915), the famous American hymn-writer was one such individual. She became blind when she was only six weeks old. Instead of becoming bitter and questioning God, she decided to trust Him for her future and devoted her life to writing hymns in praise of God’s goodness and mercy.

Fanny even considered her blindness a blessing and proclaimed: “Oh what a happy soul am I, although I cannot see. I am resolved that in this world, contented I shall be. How many blessings I enjoy, that others don’t. To weep and sigh because I’m blind, I cannot and I won’t!”

Before her death at 95 years of age, Fanny had composed more than 8,000 hymns and spiritual songs, many of which are our favourite hymns today e.g. “ Blessed Assurance”, “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”, “Draw Me Nearer”, “Jesus, Keep Me Near The Cross” and “To God Be The Glory”.

We can see God’s enabling power at work also in the life of Nick Vujicic, an Australian-American Christian evangelist who is also a world-renowned motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, coach and entrepreneur. Born in 1982 without arms and legs, Nick grew up facing countless challenges and suffered from depression and loneliness. However his unstoppable faith and trust in God enabled him to rise above his overwhelming struggles to become a successful motivational speaker.

Over the years Nick has travelled the world motivating millions to find hope and meaning in life despite living with disabilities. He has spoken in 73 countries and has millions of followers on Instagram and Facebook!

Through “Life Without Limbs”, an international non-profit organisation and “Attitude is Altitude”, a secular motivational company, Nick continues to inspire millions and bring them closer to Jesus, his trusted Lord and Saviour who is also his Helper and Maker! Nick’s most famous quote is “If God can use a man without arms and legs to be His hands and feet, then He will certainly use any willing heart!”

Fanny Crosby and Nick Vujicic allowed hope and joy into their lives despite facing challenges that rocked their very foundations! Deprived of normal physical abilities, they have not only managed to live their lives with tremendous grace under pressure, but are able to spark joy and hope in the lives of millions! Should we not expect far more from ourselves… we who are blessed with sight and limbs?

Indeed, may our hearts be willing to reject a lonely, bitter and fearful existence in this pandemic and similarly trust in GOD’S ENABLING POWER as how Fanny and Nick did. Empowered by divine help, may we creatively seek to soar on wings like eagles and be used by God for His glory!

Prayer:

Our Heavenly Father, this is a very challenging world we live in today, filled with many fears and uncertainties. Only one thing is certain: only You, our Almighty God and Creator can dispel our fears for You are our all-powerful Maker who loves us and desires to help us in our time of need. May we learn to trust in You more each day. May we, by Your enabling power, rise above debilitating circumstances and continue to serve You with joy and gladness. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

每日灵粮
星期四, 2020年10月22日
标题:上帝扶助的能力!
作者:陈俊芳姐妹
翻译:薛秀合姐妹

诗篇121:1-2
我要向山举目;我的帮助从何而来?我的帮助从造天地的耶和华而来。

诗人在诗篇121中将世界描绘成一个充满敌意和威胁的地方,并意识到他的人生道路充满了危险。他提出了一个问题:“我的帮助从何而来?”第2节是他立即的回应 – 他宣告上帝是他的帮助者和创造者,坚信他对上帝的依靠不会是徒然的。

为何如此?投靠一位愿意帮助但力量不足的上帝是不会带来安慰或希望的。但是这位诗人知道一个事实,那就是他指望在生命的危险旅途中与他同行的上帝,是那高居一切创造物之上的全能创造者!

得知他的拯救者愿意帮助并且有足够的能力做到这一点,是何等大的安慰!耶利米书32:17 “主耶和华啊,你曾用大能和伸出来的膀臂创造天地,在你没有难成的事。”

毫无疑问地,诗人也坚信上帝对他的爱是无法测度的,并确信他的帮助者和创造者将在人生的所有风雨中扶持他。因此,他学会了将绝望、惆怅和对未知的恐惧卸下在上帝的跟前,并从上帝在以赛亚书41:10中的应许汲取力量:“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。”

无数的人透过仿效诗人完全倚靠上帝扶助的能力而渡过了人生的风暴。他们可以冷静并自信地面对任何情况,因他们知道,只要靠着上帝扶持的大能,他们就可以为上帝的荣耀继续过上有意义及结满果子的生活!腓立比书4:13 “我靠着那加给我力量的,凡事都能做。”

芬妮•克罗斯比(1820-1915),一位美国著名的圣诗作家就是这样的人。她失明的时候仅有六周大。她没有变得苦涩和质疑上帝,反而决定为她的未来而信靠上帝,并奉献她的一生于写作颂扬上帝的慈爱与怜悯的赞美诗。

芬妮甚至把她的失明视作一种祝福并宣告:“哦,我的灵快乐无比,尽管我看不见。我已下定决心,在这个世界上,我会感到满足。我享受了多少别人没有的祝福。因为我失明而哭泣和叹息,我不能这样而且我也不会这样! ”

在她95岁高龄去世之前,芬妮创作了8,000多首圣诗灵歌,其中许多是我们今天所喜爱的,例如“有福的确据”、“一路引领”、“导我亲近你”、“靠近十架”和“荣耀归于真神”。

我们还可以看到上帝扶助的能力运行在力克•胡哲的生命中,一位美国澳大利亚籍基督教布道家,他也是国际知名的励志演说家、《纽约时报》畅销书作家、培训师和企业家。力克于1982年出生,没有胳膊和双腿,他在成长中面临着无数挑战,饱受沮丧和孤独。然而,他对上帝无可阻挡的信心与倚靠,使他超越了难以承受的痛苦并成为一个成功的励志演说家。

多年来,尽管身体残疾,力克到世界各地去,激励着数亿人寻找生命中的盼望和意义。他曾在73个国家演说,并拥有数亿个Instagram(照片墙)和Facebook(脸书)的追随者!

通过国际非营利组织《没有四肢的生命》和世俗的励志演讲公司《态度决定高度》,力克继续启发着数亿人,并引领他们更亲近耶稣,他所信靠的上帝和救主,也是他的帮助者和创造主!力克最著名的名言是:“如果上帝能使用我这没有四肢的人成为祂的手和脚,那么祂肯定会使用任何一颗愿意的心灵!”

芬妮•克罗斯比和力克•胡哲让盼望和喜乐进入他们的生活,尽管他们面对动摇了自己根基的挑战!他们虽被剥夺了正常的身体能力,但他们不仅能够在压力之下以极大的恩典过生活,而且还能够在数以万计的生命中点燃欢乐与盼望!我们难道不该对自己有更高的期望吗……我们这些拥有视力和四肢的祝福的人?

确实,愿我们的内心乐意拒绝这次疫情所带来的孤单、沉痛和令人感到恐惧的生活,并像芬妮和力克一样信靠上帝扶助的能力。在上帝授予神圣的帮助下,愿我们创造性地去寻求如鹰展翅上腾,并被上帝使用来荣耀祂

祷告:
我们的天父,我们今天生活在一个充满着许多挑战、恐惧和渺茫的世界中。只有一件事是确定的:唯有祢,我们的全能上帝和创造主,才能消除我们的恐惧,因祢是爱我们且渴望在我们有困难时随时帮助我们的全能创造主。愿我们学会每天更多地信靠祢。愿我们靠着祢赋予的能力摆脱一切令人软弱沮丧的困境,并继续欢喜快乐地事奉祢。我们奉耶稣的名祈求。阿门

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