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June 22, 2014 / Samuel

靠主站立 [Stand by Lord]

书卷:哥林多后书(新约)
作者:保罗

哥林多后书4章8节:“我们四面受敌,却不被困住;心里作难,却不至失望;”
哥林多后书4章9节:“遭逼迫,却不被丢弃;打倒了,却不至死亡。”

今日默想:我们所遭受的逼迫和为难,若跟使徒保罗比较,实在算不得什么。保罗既然不被困住,也不至失望,我们更不可失去斗志,束手待毙。四面没有出路,但上帝能从天上给我们开一条出路。心里无计可施,但主自己就是我们的办法、道路。人的尽头,才是上帝的开始。所以当人还有路可走的时候,上帝就不替我们开出路。这两节中的四个“却”字,说出了基督徒里面生命的奥秘。因我们的里面有基督复活的生命,所以能在艰难的逆境中,仍然为主站住。基督徒的外面虽有压迫,但里面却有应付压迫的能力。外面的压迫,往往为着显明里面的能力。所有压迫我们的事,都是要训练我们,叫我们来得复活生命的能力。主的工人不故意为自己找难处,但遇到难处决不逃避。我们必须认定,上帝造就人的手,使我们更纯洁、更合乎主用。

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Book: 2 Corinthians (New Testament)
Author: Paul

2 Corinthians 4:8 :“We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;”
2 Corinthians 4:9 :“persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed——”

Today’s Meditation: The tribulations and persecutions we face are incomparable to those encountered by Paul. Paul did not get crushed or was in despair, thus we should not even lose our will to fight and wait to be crushed. There might not be a way out, but God can open a way for us from heaven. We might lose all our ideas, but God Himself is our ideas and way. It is the beginning for God to work when we reached the end. Thus, God will not open a way for us when we can still walk. The four ‘but’ and ‘yet’ in these two verses tell the profound mystery of Christians’ life. We have the resurrection life of Christ in us, thus we can stand still for the Lord when we are in adversities. We might be persecuted from the outside, but we have the ability to cope from the inside. The persecutions from outside reveal the power in us. All persecutions are made to train us to attain the resurrecting life. The servants of God do not seek for his own troubles. He does not escape when he is in trouble. We must admit that God trained us to be purer and fit His use.

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