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2019-10-16    

踏出信心的一步

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第16天


读经:   

传道书十一章1至10节

1当将你的粮食撒在水面,因为日久必能得着。

2你要分给七人,或分给八人,因为你不知道将来有什么灾祸临到地上。

3云若满了雨,就必倾倒在地上;树若向南倒,或向北倒,树倒在何处,就存在何处。

4看风的必不撒种;望云的必不收割。

5风从何道来,骨头在怀孕妇人的胎中如何长成,你尚且不得知道,这样,行万事之神的作为,你更不得知道。

6早晨要撒你的种,晚上也不要歇你的手,因为你不知道哪一样发旺:或是早撒的,或是晚撒的,或是两样都好。

7光本是佳美的,眼见日光也是可悦的。

8人活多年,就当快乐多年;然而也当想到黑暗的日子。因为这日子必多,所要来的都是虚空。

9少年人哪,你在幼年时当快乐。在幼年的日子,使你的心欢畅,行你心所愿行的,看你眼所爱看的;却要知道,为这一切的事,神必审问你。

10所以你当从心中除掉愁烦,从肉体克去邪恶,因为一生的开端和幼年之时,都是虚空的。

在这段经文我们再次看到很多挑战性的劝诫,有些我们很熟悉。例如,许多人引用第1节,来教导信徒要乐于与人分享,不单是金钱,还可以是帮助,什或是见证;最终,到了时候,就会有收获。英文的NLVB圣经译本,将这个观念表达得很清楚:「慷慨施赠,将来终必得到回报。」这是一个很好的忠告。

我们若要等候最佳时机,最终可能会一事无成。这正是第4节的提醒。这很容易成为我们灵修生活的提醒。真有一段固定的最好的时间,专门坐下来读经、祷告、灵修吗?何不决定每天灵修,虽然时间可能并不固定,不是更好吗?如果我们总想要寻找一间最好的教会,可能永远也找不到。我们若要等候一份最理想的工作,可以为主而做,那么,我们可能一直等候,结果无所事事。现在就凭着信心踏出第一步,相信神会透过你手中所做的事使用你。

第4和第6节的比喻表达了同一个观念。倘若农人要等到风和日丽才撒种,他可能永远都没有收成。这个比喻再次提醒我们,我们一有机会,就当抓紧机会服侍主。现在就做,凭信心踏出第一步,神必赏赐你。

本章的最后一节,明确提醒年轻人虽然可尽享人生的欢愉,却要紧记终必要接受神的审问。在新约圣经,基督多次提及人要向神交账。保罗也经常提醒信徒,我们终必要站在基督的审判台前,为今生所做的一切向他交账。这个严肃的提醒,必然影响到我们天天在主里的事奉。我们很容易会浪费时间,因此,我们要珍惜每个时刻,凭信心作出行动服侍主基督。

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STEP OUT BY FAITH
Day 16


Bible Reading:   

Ecclesiastes 11: 1-10

1Cast your bread upon the waters,
 For you will find it after many days.
 
2 Give a serving to seven, and also to eight,
For you do not know what evil will be on the earth.

3 If the clouds are full of rain,
They empty themselves upon the earth;
And if a tree falls to the south or the north,
In the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.

4 He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap.

5 As you do not know what is the way of the wind,
Orhow the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child,
So you do not know the works of God who makes everything.

6 In the morning sow your seed,
And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
For you do not know which will prosper,
Either this or that,
Or whether both alike will be good.

7 Truly the light is sweet,
And it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;

8 But if a man lives many years
And rejoices in them all,
Yet let him remember the days of darkness,
For they will be many.
All that is coming is vanity.

9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
Walk in the ways of your heart,
And in the sight of your eyes;
But know that for all these
God will bring you into judgment.

10 Therefore remove sorrow from your heart,
And put away evil from your flesh,
For childhood and youth are vanity.

Again we have a collection of challenging sayings, some of which are well known. Take the first verse for example. It has been used many times to encourage God’s people to give not just money but whatever help or even witnessing they may be able to share and it will come back to them again in the days to come. The NLVB puts this thought plainly, “Give generously for your gifts will return to you later.” Good advice for us all.

Waiting for perfect conditions could well mean we will never get anything done. That is the advice of Verse 4. This could easily be applied to our own devotional life. Is there ever a perfect time to sit and read God’s Word and spend time in prayer? Isn’t it better to do it regularly even if the time of day may vary from day to day? If we are always looking for a perfect church, we may never find one. If we wait for the perfect job to come along which we could do for Christ, we may wait and do nothing for a long time. Step out in faith now and trust God to use you in what your hand finds to do.

The same thought is expressed in different figures of speech in both verse 4 and verse 6. If a farmer puts off sowing seed until the wind is right or the clouds are perfect, he will never have any harvest. Again the message comes to us - wherever you have an opportunity to serve the Lord, take advantage of it. Do it now. Step out in faith and God will honour you.

There is clear instruction in the closing verses of this chapter to young people to thoroughly enjoy life to the full. But remember we must one day give an account of what we have done. In the New Testament, Christ speaks often about accountability. Paul mentions it often - with the plain statement that we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to give an account of the things done while we are here in this life. It is a solemn thought which ought to influence our service for Christ day by day now. It is easy to waste time. Let’s make every moment count as we step out in faith with Christ.

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