《今日靈修默想》:「雖然無花果樹不發旺,葡萄樹不結果,橄欖樹也不效力,田地不出糧食,圈中絕了羊,棚內也沒有牛;然而我要因耶和華歡欣、因救我的神喜樂。」(哈3:17-18)

默想一:在你人生的旅程中,你遇到許多「雖然」的景況—不發旺、不結果、不效力的逆境嗎?趕快從怨天尤人、沮喪、絕望的深淵裡跳出來,及時地轉向神,像先知哈巴谷一樣以「然而」來表明對神的堅定信心。他說:「然而我要因耶和華歡欣,因救我的神喜樂」。無論發生任何事情, 神一直坐著為王,祂永遠掌權。

默想二:基督徒為什麼在遇見苦難時,可以照樣喜樂,並且能高唱信心的歌?因為我們深知神是要藉著苦難來磨練我們的信心,使我們的生命更茁壯成長。神的目的不是故意用苦難來打垮我們的生命,而是要健壯我們的靈命。讓我們經歷「惟義人必因信得生」(哈2:4)的喜樂。

禱告:恩典的主,感謝袮。因為若不是袮的恩典,我們沒有人能够在袮面前站立得住!袮既是哈巴谷的神,也是我的神。求袮幫助我,讓我專心仰望袮,靠袮剛強喜樂。也求袮加添我力量和信心,就是再大的攔阻,再多的挑戰,再高的風浪,我不怕,因我相信袮必為我開路!奉主耶稣基督的名禱告,阿們!

《Today’s spiritual meditation》:  “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” (Hab 3: 17-18)

Meditation one: In your journey of life, do you encounter many “though” situations – adversity that does not flourish, bears no fruit, and fails? Quickly jump out of the abyss of bitterness, depression, and despair, and turn to God in a timely manner, like the prophet Habakkuk, to show his firm faith in God with “yet”. He said, “Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” God always sits enthroned as King no matter what and He always reigns. 

Meditation two: Why can a Christian still rejoice and sing the song of faith even when encounters adversities? It is because we know that God is going to whet our faith through adversities in order to make our spiritual lives stronger. God’s purpose is surely not deliberately to tear down our lives through suffering, but to strengthen our spirits and souls. Let us experience the joy of “but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness” (Hab 2:4).

Prayer: Lord, thank You. Without Your grace, none of us can stand in front of You! You are not only the God of Habakkuk but also my God. Please help me, let me hope in You with all my heart; be strong and rejoice in You. I also ask You to increase my strength and faith no matter how great a obstacle is, even encounter massive challenges and harsher storms, I am not afraid because I believe that You definitely will make a path for me! I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!


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