8月30日靈修禱文|DEVOTION

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the Lord? There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You would shame the plans of the poor, but the Lord is his refuge. Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

Psalm 14:4-7

Thought

When watching the news recently, from traditional media to online news media.  Whether it’s about Hong Kong, mainland China, or Europe and the United States, there are many government leaders, police, and political leaders, etc. making some unfounded remarks, and even arousing more intense reactions from the people.  When I saw these news, I recalled that the Chinese has a saying about "referring a deer as a horse".  There might be some people who claim that what they beleive in is the truth, the truth of the facts. Psalm 14 explains that villains do not call on God, they know that justice is with God.  Even if they leave the righteous in suffering, God is still a refuge for the righteous. One day God will rescue the exiled people, just as the Israeli were saved by God from the exile.  God has His time and His will. Although the righteous are in suffering, don’t lose faith in God, because faith comes through trials as the evidence of a closer relationship with God in the future.

Prayer

Thank you Father God, for being our refuge in times of difficulty.  May the Lord help us to distinguish between the truth and the untruth in this age of distorted truth, so that we can live out the form of a disciple according to the teachings of the Lord Jesus.  Amen!
Pastor Ivan Loo

作惡的都沒有知識嗎? 他們吞吃我的百姓如同吃飯一樣, 並不求告耶和華。 他們在那裏大大害怕, 因為上帝在義人的族類中。 你們叫困苦人的籌算變為羞辱, 然而耶和華是他的避難所。 但願 以色列 的救恩出自 錫安 。 當耶和華救回他被擄子民的時候, 雅各 要快樂, 以色列 要歡喜。

詩篇 14:4-7

思想

最近看新聞,從傳統媒體到網上新聞媒體,不論是關於香港、中國大陸,或是歐美的新聞都發現很多政府的領導人、警察、政治領袖等,都在發表一些沒有事實根據的言論,以至引起民眾更加激烈的反應。看到這些新聞就想起中國人有句說話「指鹿為馬」,可能有些人會說他們的才是真理,事實的真相。詩篇14篇就說明作惡的人並不去求告神,他們知道公義在神那裡,就算他們讓義人在困苦當中,但神仍然是義人的避難所,總有一日神要救回被擄的子民,就像以色列人從被擄中被神拯救一樣。但神有祂的時機,有祂的心意,義人雖然在困苦中但不要失去對神的信心,因為信心是要經歷考驗而來。作為將來與神建立更加親密關係的憑據。

禱告

感謝阿爸父,叫我們在困難時你作為我們的避難所。求主幫助我們能在這歪曲真理的世代裡能分辨真假,叫我們只按著主耶穌的教導活出門徒應有的樣式。阿門
盧永康 傳道
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