Thursday, 28 January 2021
Title: If You Want To Soar High, You Have To Dig Deep
by Dr. Tho Lye Mun
The Merdeka Tower, currently under construction, is a diamond-shaped mega structure set to redefine the skyline of Kuala Lumpur. This 118 storey sky scrapper will be 200 metres taller than the Petronas Twin Towers and will offer unprecedented panoramic views 500 metres above sea level, the highest vantage point in South East Asia. However, before this megastructure could be built, engineers had to drive in 137 reinforced concrete piles, 2.2 metres wide, 60 metres deep. Tonnes of concrete and steel frames were then fashioned. What would happen if this step was hurried and done in a slip-shod manner? This wonderful shiny building would collapse.
“Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”
There are no short cuts in life. Once we’ve given our lives to Jesus, our loving Father is not content to let us remain rooted in this world. He will bring about the necessary pruning or shaking, also known as ‘trials’, to test where we place our faith. Do we trust in:
Health? – boom, an unexpected illness may befall, stroke, disability, cancer, heart disease
Riches? – a bad investment, life savings depleted, an economic downturn, a pandemic
Family? – a betrayal, a divorce, a rebellious or estranged child who once was obedient and loving
Intellect? – when the world around you becomes so complicated that you lose touch and cannot keep up
What happens when we realise we cannot build our life on temporal, things of the world? Will you yet praise God and realign like David in the Psalms? (Psalm 13). When the building is shaky, challenged by the elements and in danger of collapse we are forced to pile the foundations deeper and deeper to gain stability. Finally, we hit rock. Jesus is the rock of our salvation (Psalm 89:26). Once we are firm on this Rock, I have no doubt our Saviour will cause us to soar higher. To pass through the waters and walk through the fires unscathed. (Isaiah 43:2) Our devotion fearless, our love stronger and our faith rooted in the eternal.
I praise You, Lord, for loving me enough to pry my heart away from this world. I praise You, Father, for causing me to dig deeper into You so that Your plan for me to soar can be fulfilled. Thank you, Jesus.
目前正在兴建的黙迪卡118（Merdeka Tower)是一座巨大的菱形建筑物，建成后，它将为吉隆坡市带来全新面貌。这座楼高118层的巨塔比双峰塔（ Petronas Twin Tower)还高出200米，在塔上可俯瞰前所未有、海拔500米高（也是东南亚最高）以下的风景。但在巨塔建成之前，工程师不得不先打137根宽2.2米、深60米的钢铁混凝土桩，继而建造一个由数以吨计混凝土制成的钢框架，假如这打桩的过程做得太匆忙，或马虎了事，根基打得不稳，这座美丽耀眼的建筑物就会很容易倒塌。
＂所以，凡听见我这话就去行的，好比一个聪明人，把房子盖在磐石上； 雨淋，水冲，风吹，撞着那房子，房子总不倒塌，因为根基立在磐石上。 凡听见我这话不去行的，好比一个无知的人，把房子盖在沙土上； 雨淋，水冲，风吹，撞着那房子，房子就倒塌了，并且倒塌得很大。＂
当我们意识到无法倚赖这些不持久的俗世事物时，你会怎样？你会否依然赞美上帝，并像大卫在诗篇中重新回到上帝面前，求主眷顾（诗篇13 篇）。当建筑物摇摇欲坠，有倒塌的危机时，为求稳固，我们便不得不把基础越打越深，直至遇到坚硬的岩石为止，耶稣就是这拯救我们的磐石（诗篇89篇： 26 ）！当我们坚定地站在这磐石上，我们便毫不疑惑地相信：耶稣将使我们飞得更高，即使穿过江河、走过大火，依然可以丝毫无损。（以赛亚书43章：2）这样我们将会更无惧地向耶稣委身，更坚定的爱祂，將信仰植根于永恒。