荒漠甘泉06/24

荒漠甘泉∕6 月 24日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

....我手的工作,你們可以吩咐我。」(聖經以賽亞書四十五章 11 節)

 

  神說:「你們可以吩咐我。」這是何等的權利!我們可以吩咐神嗎?可以。主耶穌在世的時候,曾享受過這樣的權利;約書亞、以利亞、馬丁路德都曾享受過這樣的權利。

 

  聖經約翰十七章二十四節主要求父說:「父啊!我在那裡,願你所賜給我的人,也同我在那裡。」主膽敢這樣要求,是因為祂深信父必將祂所求的給祂。

 

  約書亞在大勝的時候,舉起槍來對著將落的日頭,大聲喊叫說:「日頭阿,你要停在基遍。」(聖經約書亞記十章 12 節)他說話的語氣多麼勇敢!多有把握!

 

  以利亞三年零六個月封閉了天使天閉塞不下雨;然後,又將天打開求下雨來。他在神面前是多麼勇敢!

 

  馬丁路德跪在將死的麥蘭基登Melanchthon旁邊,大聲禁止死神奪去他親愛的朋友。他又是多麼勇敢呢!

 

  親愛的讀者,神應允我們與祂發生了多麼奇妙的關係!我們平常只知道上帝曾說過:「我親手鋪張諸天下,天上萬象也是我所命定的。」(聖經以賽亞書四十五章 12 節)但是現在卻看見神叫我們去吩咐神!命令神!這豈不是顛倒次序,多麼奇怪呢?

 

  我們平常禱告的態度是疑慮、躊躇、不信,與主耶穌、約書亞、以利亞、馬丁路德……那樣堅決、勇敢、深信的禱告態度是多麼不同啊!我們的禱告時常會變成重複,以致失去銳利。

 

  主耶穌在世的時候,常給人們機會去吩咐祂。當祂將近耶利哥的時候,站住,問那討飯的瞎子說:「你要我為你作什麼?」(聖經路加福音 18 41 節),祂似乎說:「你可以吩咐我。」

 

  人類有限的頭腦,怎能領會慈愛的父神所給我們的地位呢?神似乎說:「我一切所有的,你們可以吩咐。」

 

  「你們奉我的名,無論求什麼,我必成就。」(聖經約翰福音 14 13 節)── 梅爾

 
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"Concerning the work of my hands command ye me." (Isa. 45:11.)

OUR Lord spoke in this tone when He said, "Father, I will." Joshua used it when, in the supreme moment of triumph, he lifted up his spear toward the setting sun, and cried, "Sun, stand thou still!"

Elijah used it when he shut the heavens for three years and six months, and again opened them.

Luther used it when, kneeling by the dying Melanchthon, he forbade death to take his prey.

It is a marvelous relationship into which God bids us enter. We are familiar with words like those which follow in this paragraph: "I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded." But that God should invite us to command Him, this is a change in relationship which is altogether startling!

What a difference there is between this attitude and the hesitating, halting, unbelieving prayers to which we are accustomed, and which by their perpetual repetition lose edge and point!

How often during His earthly life did Jesus put men into a position to command Him! When entering Jericho, He stood still, and said to the blind beggars:

"What will ye that I shall do unto you?" It was as though He said, "I am yours to command."

Can we ever forget how He yielded to the Syrophenician woman the key to His resources and told her to help herself even as she would?

What mortal mind can realize the full significance of the position to which our God lovingly raises His little children? He seems to say, "All my resources are at your command." "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do," --- F. B. Meyer.

Say to this mountain, "Go,
Be cast into the sea";
And doubt not in thine heart,
That it shall be to thee.
It shall be done, doubt not His Word,
Challenge thy mountain in the Lord!

Compass the frowning wall,
With silent prayer, then raise─
Before its ramparts fall─
The victor's shout of praise.
It shall be done, faith rests assured,
Challenge thy mountain in the Lord!

The two-leaved gates of brass,
The bars of iron yield,
To let the faithful pass,
Conquerors in every field.
It shall be done, the foe ignorea,
Challenge thy mountain in the Lord!

Take then the faith of God,
Free from the taint of doubt;
The miracle-working rot.
That casts all reasoning out.
It shall be done, stand on the Word,
Challenge thy mountain in the Lord!

--- Selected.

 

 

 

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