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荒漠甘泉 Streams in the Desert  

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《荒漠甘泉》8月15日


  “我们进入神的国,必须经历许多艰难。”(徒14:22)

  人生最佳美的东西,都是从苦难中得来的。麦子必须磨碎,才能做成面包。香料必须经火,才能发出浓郁的香气。泥土必须耕松,才能适于下种。照样,一个破碎的心,才会得到神的喜悦。人生最甜蜜的欢乐,都是忧伤的果子。我们必须亲身经历许多艰难,然后才会去安慰别人。

  如果你渴望作一个安慰使者,如果你愿意有分于怜恤的恩赐,如果你想从你身上流出新鲜的慰语来扶持受试炼的弟兄姊妹,如果你要在日常过着光圆的生活不叫别人感到你的酸辣,你必须甘心乐意地付一笔昂贵的教育费——你必须象主那样受苦。

 

 

 

Streams In the Desert for August 15

 

 

"Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22.)

THE best things of life come out of wounding. Wheat is crushed before it becomes bread. Incense must be cast upon the fire before its odors are set free. The ground must be broken with the sharp plough before it is ready to receive the seed. It is the broken heart that pleases God. The sweetest joys in life are the fruits of sorrow. Human nature seems to need suffering to fit it for being a blessing to the world.

"Beside my cottage door it grows,
The loveliest, daintiest flower that blows.
A sweetbriar rose.

"At dewy morn or twilight's close,
The rarest perfume from is flows,
This strange wild rose.

"But when the rain-drops on it beat,
Ah, then, its odors grow more sweet,
About my feet.

"Ofttimes with loving tenderness,
Its soft green leaves I gently press,
In sweet caress.

"A still more wondrous fragrance flows
The more my fingers close
And crush the rose.

"Dear Lord, oh, let my life be so
Its perfume when tempests blow,
The sweeter flow.

"And should it be Thy blessed will
With crushing grief my soul to fill,
Press harder still.

"And while its dying fragrance flows
I'll whisper low, `He loves and knows
His crushed briar rose.'"

If you aspire to be a son of consolation; if you would partake of the priestly gift of sympathy; if you would pour something beyond commonplace consolation into a tempted heart; if you would pass through the intercourse of daily life with the delicate tact that never inflicts pain; you must be content to pay the price of a costly education-like Him, you must suffer. ---F. W. Robertson.

 



 

 


《荒漠甘泉》8月16日


  “我曾耐性等候耶和华。”(诗40:1)

  你知道吗?等候比前进困难得多。等候需要忍耐,忍耐是一件难得的美德。神在他子民的四周都在建筑篱笆保护他们。当篱笆越筑越高,甚至连顶也看不见的时候,我们就要发急——极欲知道以后有没有机会能从这个幽闭的势力范围里出去,我们不能明白为什么我们不能有一个较大的环境。但是神在他一切工作上都是有目的的。“义人的脚步,被耶和华立定。。”(诗三十七:23)。

  在莫勒的圣经上这一节经文旁边注着,“义人的止步也被耶和华立定。”但是我们却常常喜欢穿出神为我们所建筑的篱笆外去,这实在是一个极大的错误。一个基督徒如果已经确实知道是神将他放在他的地位上的,他千万不可以轻易活动;直到云柱移动了,他才可以移动;这是极重要的。——译自主日学报

  什么时候我们学会了每件事情等待神的引导,什么时候我们就会知道只有在安静中,我们的灵力才会达到最高点。我们中间有许多人缺乏这种安静的力量。但是如果神指定我们去作一件工作,他必定会给我们够用的力量。耐性等候,遵行神的引导——这是得能力的秘诀。神旨意之外的,都是浪费。让我们等候神的引导罢。——戈登

  在神的引导没有来到之先,我们实行不动,坐看良机错失,结果岂不是一个极大的失败吗?不;胜利就是在不动中,静候中得到的。这要比活动艰难千倍。这个需要更大的勇气去站住,等候,不丧胆,不绝望;绝对顺从神的旨意;将工作和荣誉让给他人;别人都快快活活,忙忙碌碌在工作,自己却能安安静静,带着信心而欢乐。这才是最伟大的生活——“成就了一切,还能站立得住。”(弗6:13)。——密勒

 

 

 

 

Streams In the Desert for August 16
 

 

 

"In waiting, I waited, for the Lord." (Psalm 40:1, margin)

WAITING is much more difficult than walking. Waiting requires patience, and patience is a rare virtue. It is fine to know that God builds hedges around His people-when the hedge is looked at from the viewpoint of protection. But when the hedge is kept around one until it grows so high that the cannot see over the top, and wonders whether he is ever to get out of the little sphere of influence and service in which he is pent up, it is hard for him sometimes to understand why he may not have a larger environment-hard for him to "brighten the corner" where he is. But God has a purpose in all HIS holdups. "The steps of a good man are ordered of the Lord," reads Psalm 37:23.

On the margin of his Bible at this verse George Mueller had a notation, "And the stops also." It is a sad mistake for men to break through God's hedges. It is a vital principle of guidance for a Christian never to move out of the place in which he is sure God has placed him, until the Pillar of Cloud moves. --- Sunday School Times.

When we learn to wait for our Lord's lead in everything, we shall know the strength that finds its climax in an even, steady walk. Many of us are lacking in the strength we so covet. But God gives full power for every task He appoints. Waiting, holding oneself true to His lead-this is the secret of strength. And anything that falls out of the line of obedience is a waste of time and strength. Watch for His leading. --- S. D. Gordon.

Must life be a failure for one compelled to stand still in enforced inaction and see the great throbbing tides of life go by? No, victory is then to be gotten by standing still, by quiet waiting. It is a thousand times harder to do this than it was in the active days to rush on in the columns of stirring life. It requires a grander heroism to stand and wait and not lose heart and not lose hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up work and honors to others, to be quiet, confident and rejoicing, while the happy, busy multitude go on and away. It is the grandest life "having done all, to stand." --- J. R. Miller.

 

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