Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Title: Focussing on what matters
By Wong King Wai

2 Corinthians 4:8 – We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair.

I once sat in a fast ferry travelling across choppy and rough seas. Being a land walker all my life, I was soon feeling nauseous. One trick, it seems, to stop yourself from throwing up is to focus on the destination ahead. Sometimes, because of rough and unstable circumstances, we may get distracted from what we should be focussing on to help us from being discouraged and in despair.

In the fourth chapter of second Corinthians, Paul explains how Jesus resides in him (and obviously, us), and because of this he/we is/are able to endure challenging times. He later goes on to talk about how God’s power that raised Jesus is the same power that will raise us to see both Jesus and God eventually. As a result he says in v16, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” and in v18, he says, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

What I understand from these verses and the entire chapter is how we must keep our focus on what matters. Right now the pandemic doesn’t seem to be abating. Family members and close friends have been touched by the virus in one way or another and we live in constant fear or uncertainty not knowing if life will ever return to normal. Moreover, some struggle with mental health issues after being cooped up at home for extended periods of time.

Like Paul, you and I may feel hard pressed and perplexed with the current situation. But Paul reminds us that the One in us, the One who raised Jesus from the dead, has got you in His hands and while we cannot control what is happening around us, He is ultimately in control and you can rest in His grace and love knowing He will see you through.

One way to cope that I find helpful, is to take a moment to sit quietly, and reflect on how God has seen me through challenging times in my life. I recall those moments when God revealed Himself to me in a real way. This activity helps me to take my eyes off my problems and the current situation and to fix them on my future destination.

You may have other practices that can help you, maybe through prayer, maybe through service, maybe it is taking the Lord’s Supper to remind yourself of Jesus’ and God’s sacrifice for you. Whatever you do, take time to turn your eyes away from your problems and struggles, and fix them upon Jesus. Let Him be your anchor for life.

PRAYER: My Father in Heaven. Thank You for Your grace and mercy and love in my life. Guide me in Your ways and help me to focus on You in the challenging times I am going through. Thank You for always being with me and helping me even when I have been unfaithful. I praise You for who You are and thank You for being the anchor in my life. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期三, 2021年7月28日
标题:专注于重要的事情
作者:黄经为弟兄
翻译:陈健萍姐妹

【哥林多后书4:8】
我们四面受敌,却不被困住。心里作难,却不至失望。

我曾经坐在一艘快速渡船上,横穿波涛汹涌的大海。我一辈子都在陆上行走,很快就感到恶心了。看来,阻止自己呕吐的一个诀窍就是专注于前方的目的地。有时候,由于恶劣和不稳定的环境,我们或会从能以帮助我们摆脱气馁和绝望、并从我们应该关注的事情上分心。

在哥林多后书第四章,保罗解释了如何因为耶稣住在他里面(显然也住在我们里面),他/我们能够忍受具挑战的时刻。他后来继续说,上帝使耶稣复活的能力,与使我们最终得看见耶稣和上帝的能力是一样的。因此,他在第16节说:“所以我们不丧胆。外体虽然毁坏,内心却一天新似一天。” 在第18节,他说:“ 原来我们不是顾念所见的,乃是顾念所不见的。因为所见的是暂时的,所不见的是永远的。”

我从这些经文和整章中理解到的是,我们必须把注意力集中在重要的事情上。目前,大流行疫情似乎并没有减弱。家人和亲密朋友因某种原因感染了病毒,我们生活在不断的恐惧或不确定之中,不知道生活是否会恢复正常。此外,有些人长时间被困在家里面后,还会有心理健康问题。

像保罗一样,您和我可能会对当前的情况感到压力很大,感到困惑。但是保罗提醒我们,在我们里面,那位使耶稣从死里复活的,已经把您捧在手心,珍惜爱护着您。虽然我们无法控制周遭发生的事情,但祂最终会掌权。知道祂会帮助您度过难关,您可以安息在祂的恩典和爱中。

我发现一个应对的好方法是,花点时间安静地坐下来,反思上帝是如何帮助我度过生命中艰难时刻的。我回想上帝如何真实地向我显示自己的那些时刻。这个行动帮助我把目光从我的问题和现状上转移到我未来的终点上。

您或许有其他的方法可以帮助您,可能是通过祈祷,也许是通过聚会,也许是通过守主餐来提醒自己耶稣和上帝为您所作的牺牲。无论您做什么,都要花时间把您的目光从您的问题和挣扎中移开,转而专注于耶稣;让祂成为您人生的锚。

祈祷:我在天上的父,感谢祢在我生命中的恩典、怜悯和爱。求祢以祢的方式引导我,并帮助我在我所经历充满挑战的时刻专注于祢。谢谢祢一直与我同在、帮助我,即使在我不忠的时候。我赞美祢,感谢祢成为我生命中的锚。我奉耶稣的名祈祷,阿们。