荒漠甘泉02/15

荒漠甘泉∕2月15日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「不要……心懷不平。」(聖經詩篇三十七篇 1 節)

 

  不要冒火,抱不平。我們常見做惡者穿了紫色細麻布的長袍,終日宴樂,凡事順利。「惡人」(聖經詩篇九十二篇 7 節)執掌大權,欺壓不幸的人們。犯罪的男女享受安逸驕奢的生活,因此好人常會冒火,抱不平。

 

  可是經上說:「不要……心懷不平。」不要冒火!讓火氣冷卻下去!即使你的冒火是很有理由的,但是也不是一個聰明的辦法。不平只會起摩擦(一種衝突);不平不能變成和平。

 

  一部火車的車軸如果發熱了,並不能幫助火車前進;它們的發熱只能產生障礙。車軸發熱的緣故,乃是為了不必要的摩擦;我們應該讓神用祂的恩膏塗在我們不平的地方,以免生出摩擦來。

 

  心中懷了不平,就會有很多尖銳鋒利的砂粒;就如急躁、惱恨、嫉妒、無禮等 嵌進來,叫你失去生活中謙和的香氣。摩擦生熱,熱後就會發生最危險的破壞。所以,不要懷抱不平。讓神的聖膏油使你平滑吧;否則,恐怕因著冒火的緣故,你自己就會列在作惡者之中了 ── 譯自《銀親》(The Silver Lining

 
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“Fret not thyself.” (Psalm 37:1.)

DO not get into a perilous heat about things. If ever heat were justified, it was surely justified in the circumstances outlined in the Psalm. Evil-doers were moving about clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day. “Workers of iniquity” were climbing into the supreme places of power, and were tyrannizing their less fortunate brethren. Sinful men and women were stalking through the land in the pride of life and basking in the light and comfort of great prosperity, and good men were becoming heated and fretful.

“Fret not thyself.” Do not get unduly heated! Keep cool! Even I;n a good cause, fretfulness is not a wise help-meet. Fretting only heats the bearings; it does not generate the steam. It is no help to a train for the axles to get hot; their heat is only a hindrance.

When the axles get heated, it is because of unnecessary friction; dry surfaces are grinding together, which ought to be kept in smooth co-operation by a delicate cushion of oil.

And is it not a suggestive fact that this word “fret” is closely akin to the word “friction,” and is an indication of absence of the anointing oil of the grace of God?

In fretfulness, a little bit of grit gets into the bearings-some slight disappointment, some ingratitude, some discourtesy-and the smooth working of the life is checked. Friction begets heat; and with the heat, most dangerous conditions are created.

Do not let thy bearings get hot. Let the oil of the Lord keep thee cool, lest by reason of an unholy heat thou be reckoned among the evil-doers. – The Silver Lining.

Dear restless heart, be still; don’t fret and worry so; God has a thousand ways His love and help to show; Just trust, and trust, and trust, until His will you know.

Dear restless heart, be still, for peace is God’s own smile, His love can every wrong and sorrow reconcile; Just love, and love, and love, and calmly wait awhile.

Dear restless heart, be brave; don’t moan and sorrow so, He hath a meaning kind in chilly winds that blow; Just hope, and hope, and hope, until you braver grow.

Dear restless heart, repose upon His breast this hour, His grace is strength and life, His love is bloom and flower; Just rest, and rest, and rest, within His tender power.

Dear restless heart, be still! Don’t struggle to be free; God;s life is in your life, from Him you may not flee; Just pray, and pray, and pray, till you have faith to see.
--- Edith Willis Linn.

 

 

 

 

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