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!
作者：林金仪传道 (Pr. Andrew Lim)
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?
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。