Friday, 8 January 2021
God is watching over you
By: Prathab V

Matthew 6: 25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

It was a season of upheaval a couple of years ago. Then, my boss called me to his office and said that he plans to close down the company and that all staff will be laid off. I then was working in two companies under the same group. I accepted his decision and asked to be reinstated in the former position. Surprisingly, he said he is also laying off staff in the other company and he won’t be able to retain me. I was shaken up. Although I had a valid contract, the boss decided not to honour it.

I pleaded with him to reconsider. He refused. Dejected, I decided to just pray and commit the matter to the Lord. I prayed hard. My family and close friends also prayed. To cut a long story short, my CEO intervened and spoke to the boss on my behalf. Later, the CEO informed me that my contract will be extended a further 6 months. However, my wages will be trimmed. Since I didn’t have much option, I accepted it. 

I thanked God that He answered my prayer. Despite the pain of pay cut, I was grateful. “God is watching over me,” I said to myself. “He never lets me down.” 

In the ensuing months, several key staff in the company resigned. As life would sometimes have it, I soon became the most senior person in the company. The boss then called me and asked me to take over. I was told that my wages would be increased. I listened carefully and asked for some time to pray. 

My wife and I prayed earnestly for guidance. After a few days, we were convinced that I should not take up the offer. Naturally, when I informed my boss, he was terribly upset. He persuaded me three times to take up the offer. I declined. 

I reminded him how he had treated me unfairly. Although I had no other job option, I declined the job. Of course, I was worried. But I decided to resign and just trust in God. 

Surprisingly within two weeks, a job offer came my way. The timing and the terms were perfect. God did it again! “God is always watching over me,” I said to myself. 

Looking back, I went through a terrible period in 2018. It was a very difficult time. But God was never far from me. Despite my failure and sins, God still cared and forgave me. 

He will do the same for you. Jesus gives us the hope and encouragement in Matthew 6, saying that we do not have to worry about tomorrow. We just trust and depend on God.  Unconditional love begins with God. Grace without end. He is reliable and there’s no other Rock like Him. You can trust Him. You can depend on Him. He is always watching over You. 

PRAYER 

Father, forgive me for the time my faith wavers and I am not sure what I should do. I am weak and helpless. Please strengthen me and grant me the wisdom and strength each day to walk with You. I trust in You alone Lord. Watch over me and my family. In Jesus’ name I pray, AMEN.

每日灵粮
星期五,2020年1月08日
标题:耶和华保护你
作者:帕拉他伯(Prathab V.)
翻译:巫惠如姐妹

太6:25-27

25 所以我告诉你们,不要为生命忧虑吃什么喝什么,为身体忧虑穿什么。生命不胜于饮食吗?身体不胜于衣裳吗? 26 你们看那天上的飞鸟,也不种也不收,也不积蓄在仓里,你们的天父尚且养活它,你们不比飞鸟贵重得多吗? 27 你们哪一个能用思虑使寿数多加一刻呢?

几年前是动荡不安的时期。我的老板叫我到他的办公室,说他打算关闭公司,而且将解雇全体员工。我当时在同一集团的两家公司工作。我接受了他的决定,并要求恢复原来的职位。令人惊讶的是,他表示他也会裁另一家公司的所有员工。我饱受打击。虽然我有一份有效合同,但老板决定违约。

我请求他重新考虑,他却拒绝了。我沮丧地祈祷,把事情交托给上帝。我迫切祈祷。我的家人和好友们也为我代祷。长话短说,我的总经理亲自出马,与老板交谈。后来,总经理通知我,我的合同将再延长6个月。然而,我的工资将被削减。因为我没有太多选择,我只好接受。

我感谢上帝他回答了我的祷告。尽管减薪很痛苦,我还是很感恩。“上帝在看顾我。他从不让我失望。”我对自己说。在接下来的几个月里,该公司的几名关键员工辞职。由于生活总是难以预测,我很快成为公司里最资深的人。然后老板通知我接手管理。有人告诉我,我的工资会提高。我仔细听,并请他们给一段时间为这件事祷告。

我妻子和我恳求主指引。几天后,我们确信我不该接受这个提议。当然,他对我的决定感到非常沮丧。他三次说服我接受这个提议,我还是拒绝了。 我提醒他,他当时是如何不公平地待我。虽然我没有其他的工作选择,我拒绝了这份工作。当然,我很担心。不过我决定辞职,完全信靠上帝。

出人意料的是,不到两周,我就找到了一份工作。时机和合约条款都很完美。上帝再次行奇事了!我告诉自己:“上帝常看顾我。”

回首往事,我在2018年经历了一段可怕的时期。那是个非常艰难的一段日子。但上帝从未离开我。尽管我失败,罪孽深重,但上帝仍然关心并宽恕我。

他也会为你这么做。耶稣给了我们希望和鼓励,马太福音六章告诉我们,不必为明天忧虑。我们只是信靠上帝。无条件的爱来自于上帝。他的恩典是无尽的。他可靠,无磐石像他。你可以信靠并依靠他。他一直在保护你。

祈祷
天父,请原谅我,当我的信心动摇时,我不确定我该做什么。我软弱无助。求主给我力量,赐我智慧,每天与你同行。主,我相信你。求主保护我和我的家人。我奉耶稣的名祷告,阿门。