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2019-9-23    

可怕的後果

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第23天


讀經:   

約伯記一章13至22節

13有一天,約伯的兒女正在他們長兄的家裡吃飯喝酒,

14有報信的來見約伯說:“牛正耕地,驢在旁邊吃草,

15示巴人忽然闖來,把牲畜擄去,並用刀殺了僕人;惟有我一人逃脫,來報信給你。”

16他還說話的時候,又有人來說:“神從天上降下火來,將群羊和僕人都燒滅了;惟有我一人逃脫,來報信給你。”

17他還說話的時候,又有人來說:“迦勒底人分作三隊,忽然闖來,把駱駝擄去,並用刀殺了僕人;惟有我一人逃脫,來報信給你。”

18他還說話的時候,又有人來說:“你的兒女正在他們長兄的家裡吃飯喝酒,

19不料有狂風從曠野颳來,擊打房屋的四角,房屋倒塌在少年人身上,他們就都死了;惟有我一人逃脫,來報信給你。”

20約伯便起來,撕裂外袍,剃了頭,伏在地上下拜,

21說:“我赤身出於母胎,也必赤身歸回。賞賜的是耶和華,收取的也是耶和華。耶和華的名是應當稱頌的。”

22在這一切的事上,約伯並不犯罪,也不以神為愚妄(註:或作“也不妄評神”)。

只要得到神的允許,撒但就立即攻擊約伯。本章的最後幾節,細數災難過後約伯遭受的各樣損失。撒但顯然有興風作浪和利用人達成目的的能力。示巴人把約伯的牲畜奪走。閃電和類似的大火把羊群滅盡。迦勒底人把大量珍貴的駱駝擄去。

但最壞的還不止如此。約伯的兒女在長兄家中吃飯,有可能是一次生日聚會,但一陣龍捲風卻把房子吹倒,房子塌下,約伯的十個兒女無一生還!這樣重大的災難,一定能成為今天報章的頭條新聞!

撒但濫用神的允許,極盡殘忍之能事;可是卻未能動搖約伯對神的信心。請看約伯在21至22節的回應。他的話經常在今天的安息禮拜中聽見:「賞賜的是耶和華,收取的也是耶和華,耶和華的名是應當稱頌的。」他對神的信心和順服始終沒有動搖。他雖然哭泣,卻仍然敬拜神;這是我們每個人的絕佳典範。

撒但若能任意而行,所有信徒都會陷入約伯的同一光景。當然,並非所有災難都是來自撒但,有些確是我們咎由自取;但撒但總會抓緊每個微小的機會,來盡力攻擊我們。

然而,神必看顧我們。如果我們善用神賜予的恩典和力量,祂必不容許我們遭受試探,是過於我們所能受的。請翻到哥林多前書十章13節,緊記這節充滿鼓勵的經文,當你遇到試煉的時候,就緊握著神賜給你的這個應許。

我們怎能提防撒但的詭計呢?每當有任何問題突然產生,是找不到任何人為的理由時,我們就當反問自己:是否撒但在背後煽風點火,讓問題嚴重化?他擅長此道。

與此同時,我們呼求神的保守,常常禱告和讀經,親近神。不要讓撒但打垮我們。那在我們裡面的,比那在世界上的更大。

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THE TERRIBLE CONSEQUENCES
Day 23


Bible Reading:   

Job 1: 13-22

13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house;

14 and a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,

15 when the Sabeansraided them and took them away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

17 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,

19 and suddenly a great wind came from across[d] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”

20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.

21 And he said:
“ Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the LORD.”

22 In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Once God gave him permission, Satan wasted no time in attacking Job. The last verses of this chapter are a tragic account of complete devastation. Satan obviously has power to stir up and use people. The Sabeans stole Job’s cattle. Lightning or something similar struck the sheep. Chaldeans stole the vast herd of valuable camels.

But the worst news was yet to come. A tornado wrecked the house where Job’s sons and daughters were eating together, possibly at a birthday party. The house collapsed, killing all ten. What a headline that would make in today’s newspapers!

Satan took cruel advantage of God’s permission, but failed in his purpose to wreck Job’s faith. Look at Job’s response in verses 21-22. He gave us those words often repeated today at Christian funerals,

“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised.” His faith and submission to God stood firm. He was weeping, but worshipping, a strong example for us all.

If Satan had his own way, every believer would be in similar circumstances to Job. Not all suffering comes from Satan of course. Some of them we bring on ourselves. But Satan will do his best to bring us down, given the slightest opportunity.

But God’s protection is over us. He will not allow us to be tempted above what we can stand, if we appropriate his grace and strength. Turn to 1 Corinthians 10:13 and mark that encouraging verse in your Bible now. Take that verse as God’s promise to you in any time of testing.

How can we be aware of Satan’s tactics? Whenever a situation suddenly arises for which there seems to be no human reason, ask yourself the question: Is Satan behind this, fanning it into a serious problem? He could well be.

At the same time ask for the Lord’s protection. Stay close to Him in prayer and Bible reading. Don’t let Satan win the day. Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.

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