Saturday, August 28, 2021
Title: God does not give up on you
Author: Pr. Andrew Lim
Translator: Margaret Ong

Recently, no corner of the entire world is left unaffected by the pandemic. Due to the pandemic, everyone is having a hard time. Everyone is like a tight spring, and in this difficult time, it seems that everything is not going well. Life also seems to be more fragile. The never-ending isolation and non-isolation have caused many people to build up a thick backlog of depression. People may have been raising white flags mentally, emotionally and economically. They are seeking help on the outside, and inwardly they are shouting and asking: Where is the way out?

Many people even think that at this most difficult time of life, the government is unhelpful as it has no time to take care of itself, much less take care of its people? One has to learn how to play the erhu: a saying in Teochew Chinese which means to take care of oneself. When you felt sad and upset in the past, you could find someone to chat and dine together, or care and hug each other. Now, it seems like there is no one to rely on, even family members seem to have given upon us. If we are still in close contact with each other, the possibility of a positive diagnosis is high. What is even more difficult to understand is why God has not stopped the pandemic. We will begin to question God, feeling that He has abandoned us. In fact, it is not that God does not stop the pandemic, but that people continue to spread, desperately spreading, and multiplying the spread of the virus.

Life is often full of setbacks, and too many thorns have crowded in. When everyone leaves you…when you feel God is abandoning you…when you are struggling at the bottom of the food chain….when your life becomes a mess…Will you self-destruct? Will you give up lightly? When your future is getting more and more gloomy, where should you go? How should you face it? What choices should you make? Do you back down easily and fall into the abyss, or rise up in resistance to get out of the shadows?
If you feel that you have lost your courage, if you really want to give up, or your experience is like Elijah…your life has been so frustrating to the point you want to die—please don’t give up on yourself and be strong and determined, because there is always another opened window, God has promised to open a way out for you.
If your are going through a spiritually depleted period…if you feel no one loves you, and it seems that you have reached the bottom of the valley, don’t forget that there is someone who loves you, and don’t just give up lightly! Please don’t abandon your expectations in the Lord, but continue to maintain the trust in the Lord as always, to wait for the Lord patiently, because Lord Jesus has promised us: “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”(John 14:18 ). He himself will become the strength of your soul.

If you are lying on a hospital bed, cheer up. Cherish yourself, don’t give up and have hope in the Lord, and learn to express gratitude and praise, because the Bible promises “ The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will sustain him on his sickbed.”(Psalm 41:3) Jehovah-Rapha will personally heal your anxieties and comfort you, and bless you with peace that surpasses all understanding and protection. You can ask the pastor, brothers and sisters in the church to pray for you.

If you are facing a life storm that you think is a hard fight, please don’t give up on being calm and steady your heart, because the Lord Jesus once said to you: “‘Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”(Matt. 14:27). When you feel that your ship is “about to sink”, call out to the Lord for help like Peter. Jesus will immediately stretch out his hands to hold you. You must sincerely invite the Lord Jesus to the “boat” of your life storm, “there was a great calm.” (Matt. 8:26)

God’s grace is always sufficient for us: “For the Lord will not cast off his people, Nor will He forsake His inheritance.”(Psalm 94:14) Although the road of life is long, God’s loving hands are eager to embrace you tightly and he wants to accompany you through life. Believe in God and let Him hold your hand and walk along with you on the journey of life.

If you will believe, you will definitely receive, because Jesus said: “‘So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”( Luke. 11:9-10)

Prayer: Lord Jesus! Have mercy on me, as I am of little faith. When I lack faith, Lord, please help me. Help me to focus on your promises and not to divert my trust in you and not to walk away from your Word. Let me hold on to you tightly until the Lord is with me deeply. May my soul find spiritual rest in You. Thank you, because you will not cast me off or forsake me. Sincerely I pray in the name of Jesus, Amen!

每日灵粮
星期六,2021年8月28日
标题:上帝沒有放棄你
作者:林金仪传道 (Pr. Andrew Lim)

最近全球無一幸免疫情困扰。疫情之下,人人都过得非常不容易。每一个人犹如紧绷的弹簧,而我們在這個艱難時期,好像遇到各種事情都不順。生命也视乎顯得更脆弱。无上限的被隔离和不隔离令不少人都積壓起厚厚的鬱悶。在心靈、情緒、经济上都可能升上了无形的白旗,要向外尋求帮助,内心不其然在呐喊,問:出路在哪里?

許多人甚至会認為,在生命最难过的时候,政府自己都不济,自顾不暇,还怎样可以照顾到人民呢?只好自己要学拉二胡:自己顾自己。在过去觉得很难过时,可以找人聊天吃东西,彼此关怀抱抱。现在,似乎没有人可以依靠,甚至是家人都好似放弃了我们。如果彼此间依旧亲密来往,确诊的可能性很高。更加难以理解的是:为何上帝还不停止疫情。我們會開始質問上帝,觉得祂已放弃了我们。其实不是上帝不停止,而是人们不断的传播、拼命的传播、倍增的传播。

人生往往挫折接连不断,太多的荆棘接踵而来。当所有的人离你而去…当你觉得上帝弃你于不顾…当自己成为一个在社会底层苦苦挣扎的人…当自己的生活成为一团乱麻…你是否会自暴自弃? 是否会轻言放弃? 当自己的前途越来越渺茫,你该何去何从?你该如何面对?你该做何选择?是轻言放弃,跌进深渊,还是奋起反抗,走出阴影?

你若觉得失去勇氣,若真的很想放棄,又或者你的经历好像以利亚一样,生命遭到极大的挫折,以至于有了寻死的心——请你不要自我放弃,仍然持有勇敢和坚定的心,因为天无绝人之路,上帝应许必定会为你开一条出路。

如果你心靈历尽極難过的“枯竭期”,若感覺沒人愛你,好像走到谷底,不要忘記有人愛你,也不要轻易说放弃!请不要放弃对主的那份期待,要继续对主保持一如既往的信任。继续耐心等候,因為主耶稣曾应许我們:“我不撇下你們为孤儿,我必到你們这里来”。祂自己必会成为你心靈的力量。

如果你正躺臥在病床上,要振作你的心情。珍惜自己,不要放棄仰望的心,并且学习献上感恩和赞美,因为圣经应许“他病重在榻,耶和华必扶持他;他在病中,你必给他铺床”。耶和华拉法要亲自醫治你心靈的不安和安慰你,还要赐你出人意料的平安保守你。你可以请教会的牧师和弟兄姐妹为你祷告。

如果,你正面臨一场你自己都认为难以招架的人生风暴,请不要放弃平静安稳的心,因为主耶稣曾对你说:“你们放心,是我,不要怕”。当你感覺你的船“将要沉下去”之时,要像彼得向主呼救。耶稣会立刻伸出手拉住你。你要诚心邀请主耶稣到你人生风暴的“船”上来,“风就住了”。

在上帝里面總是有足夠的恩典為我們存留 :耶和華必不丟棄他的百姓,也不離棄他的產業。人生漫长,上帝慈爱的雙手渴望緊緊擁抱你、 一生陪你走。相信上帝,让祂牵着你的手,陪伴你走人生路。

你若肯相信,你必定得到,因为耶稣说:你们祈求就给你们,寻找就寻见,叩门就给你们开门。因为凡祈求的,就得着;寻找的,就寻见;叩门的,就给他开门。

祷告:主耶稣啊!怜悯我这小信的人。当我信心不足時,求主幫助。帮助我定睛在祢应许上、叫我不要转移对祢的信靠、不离开祢话语。让我紧紧抓住你,直到我深深地体会祢的同在。让我心靈可以从祢那裡得著安息。谢谢祢,因为祢必不撇下我,也不丟棄我。诚心祈祷是奉主耶稣基督的名,阿们!