Saturday, November 27th 2021
Title: Pursuit of Blessing
Author: Pastor Andrew Lim
Translator: Margaret Ong

Blessing that the world thought

People around the world are looking for blessings. What exactly is a blessed person? The blessings that the world considers are not the same as the blessings that God thinks.The ideas of the world and the Bible provide diametrically opposite answers to this blessing. What the world is chasing is the good fortune in front of one’s eyes, how much money can be made today, this year, and in this life, and how to make the most money in this lifetime. When others judge whether you have been blessed or not, it depends on what kind of house you live in, what kind of car you drive, whether you live a life of gargling with shark’s fin, beautifying with bird’s nest, eating abalone until you feel good, and where you travel to every year.

To be able to enjoy the blessings of this life, whether it is good to be rich, or whether to enjoy the good fortune in one’s life, is of course marvelous. In fact, Job, Joseph, King Solomon etc. in the Bible and modern Jews are all clever and smart financial experts, and they were all tycoons and fabulously wealthy.

The wealth on earth is short-lived and exists in this present age. The limitation of money is that it is not omnipotent. It can buy material things, but it cannot buy the deeper needs of people, such as peace, joy, satisfaction, love, and so on, because these needs cannot be measured by the amount of money, or can be purchased. Another limitation is that what money can be exchanged for is temporary and it will pass. For example, if we bought a new car today, it will become an old car tomorrow, and soon loses the sense of freshness and satisfaction. This is why people cannot get real fulfillment from wealth itself. Just like money can buy “luxury houses” but not “family”; money can buy “entertainment” but not “joy”; money can buy “satin mattress” but not “sleep” ; money can buy “medical care” but not “health”.

In addition, secular concepts exalt earthly power, money, and fame. The value and happiness of life are built upon the pursuit of wealth, authority, and material desires, which can completely ignored or even belittle people’s lives and character, and it can also be unrighteous. An upstart with bad character can be portrayed as an entrepreneur, a greedy businessman can be packaged as a philanthropist, and a rotten politician who plays with power can be touted as a noble statesman. But such people who are considered blessed by secular standards are condemned as “unrighteous” by the Bible. The values of man are perverted because they have acted arbitrarily. The Bible says: “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.” (1Tim. 6:9)

Since ancient times, people’s lives have been bounded by the temptation of money such as these: some people want to make more money, regardless of the need for physical rest, and work day and night; some people want to accumulate more wealth, regardless of the law and moral constraints. As we move towards “financial freedom”, are we the masters of money or are we slaves to it?

God said “‘Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?'(Luke. 12:20) King Solomon said:” Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle. ” ( Proverbs 23:5) So Paul said: “Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy.” (1Tim. 6:17)

See blessing in a different perspective

The Bible tells us that a truly blessed person: a person who seeks God, obeys God’s law, and is “complete” in behavior. “Complete” here does not mean that we can be perfect in this life, but refers to the direction of our entire life. In a negative sense, blessed people can be regarded this way: “Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;” (Ps. 1:1 ) However, on a positive light: ” But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.”(Ps. 1:2 ) He pursues righteousness and goodness. He lives on earth as it is in heaven. In God’s eyes, this will last for eternity.

A different life means a different outlook on life. The life that people pay attention to is completely different from the life that God pays attention to. People seem to see this life as infinite, so they just work hard for this life, and all they pursue are the wealth and fortune that exist in this present age. God tells us in the Bible that we must focus on the age of eternal life, so we must work hard not only in this age but also for the blessings in that which is to come.

Prayer: God! You are the God who provides me with abundant things for my enjoyment. Without your mercy, my life will not be easy. Lord, please let me not always long for indefinite wealth, but do not look up to you. Lord, please open my eyes and let me know not to trust in uncertain riches , and only O God sitting on your throne, is forever and ever. Lord, in my journey of life, I will definitely encounter different difficulties from time to time, but I know that you can take care of all my needs! I would like to be a person who looks up to you all my life! I sincerely pray in the holy name of Jesus. Amen.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期六 2021年11月27日
标题:追求福气
作者  : 林金儀傳道

 世人认为的福气 Blessing that the world thought
 
全世界的人都在寻找福气。到底什么才是有福的人?世人认为的福气和上帝认为的福气是不一样的。世界上的观念和圣经对这福气提供了截然相反的答案。世人所追逐的是眼前的福气,是今天、今年、今世到底可以赚到多少钱,怎样在今世赚最多的钱。当别人判断你有没有福气,是看你住在什么样子的屋子,驾驶什么样的车,生活是不是鱼翅漱口、燕窝美容、鲍鱼吃到爽,每一年到哪里旅游。
 
能够让今世享福,有钱好不好,今世享福好不好,当然都很好。其实圣经里面的约伯、约瑟、所罗门等和现代的犹太人,都是很厉害的理财高手,而且是富甲一方的富翁。
 
地上的财富是短暂的、是今世的。钱财的有限在于它不是无所不能的,它可以买到物质的东西,但它买不到人里面更深的需要,如平安、喜乐、满足、爱情,等等。因为这些需要是不能被金钱的多少所衡量,所能够购买的。另一个局限在于钱财所能换来的东西都是暂时的,会过去的。比如我们今天买了一台新车,明天就变成了旧车,很快就失去了新鲜感,满足感。这也就是为什么人无法从财富本身得到真正的满足。就像钱可以买到“豪宅”,但买不到“家庭”;钱可以买到“娱乐”,但买不到“喜乐”;钱可以买到“缎褥”,但买不到“安眠”;钱可以买到“医疗”,但买不到“健康”。
 
另外世俗观念高举的是地上的权、钱和名,把人生的价值和幸福建立在对金钱、权力和物欲的追逐上,而可以完全无视甚至贬低人的生命和品格,并且也可以是不义的。一个品行不良的暴发户可以被塑造为企业家,一个利欲熏心的商人可以被包装为为慈善家,一个玩弄权势的政客可以被吹捧为政治家。但这样依世俗标准而看为有福的人却被圣经宣判为“不义”。因为人任意妄为,他们的价值被扭曲。圣经说:但那些想要發財的人,就陷在迷惑,落在网罗和许多无知有害的私慾里,叫人沉在败坏和滅亡中。
 
自古至今,人生就这样一直被钱财的诱惑捆绑着:有人为着赚更多的钱,可以不顾身体休息的需要,而不分昼夜地投入工作;有人为着赚取更多的钱财,不顾法律和道德的约束。在朝着“财务自由”方向发展的时候,我们到底是钱财的主人还是成为钱财的奴隶了?
 
上帝说:無知的人哪,今夜必要你的灵魂,你所预备的要归谁呢?所罗门说:你豈要定睛在虛無的錢財上吗?因钱财必長翅膀,如鷹向天飛去。所以保罗说:你要囑咐那些今世富足的人,不要自高,也不要倚靠無定的钱财,只要倚靠那厚賜百物給我们享受的神。
 
看为不一样的福气 See blessing in a different perspective
 
圣经告诉我们,真正有福的人:是寻求神、遵行神律法并在行为上“完全”的人。这里说的“完全”并不是说我们在今生可以做到十全十美,而是指我们整个人生的追求方向。有福的人消极的说就是:“不做非义的事,不从恶人的计谋,不站罪人的道路,不坐亵慢人的人的座位。积极的就是:“遵行(神)的道 ” 他喜爱的是耶和华的律法,他昼夜默想思念的也是耶和华的律法,他追求的是正直、良善,过在地上如同在天上的生活。在上帝的眼中是可以存到永远价值的。
 
不一样的生命,就看到不一样的人生观。人注重的生活和上帝所注重的生活是截然不一样的,人似乎看今生是无限的,所以只是为今生努力,所追求的都是存在今生的财物和福气。上帝在圣经告诉我们,要注重来生的生活,所以要在今生为来世的福气努力。
 
祷告:上帝啊! 你是那將百物丰富的供给我享受的神,沒有你的怜悯,我的日子不容易过。主阿,求你让我别常寄望於無定的钱财,却不仰望你。主,求你開我的眼,让我更多认识钱财是无定的,唯有坐在宝座上的神是永远坚立的。主阿,在我的人生旅途中,不定时肯定会遇到不同的难处,但我知道你能照顾我一切的需要!我愿作一个一生仰望你的人!诚心祷告是奉耶稣的圣名,阿门。