Posts Tagged: 劉國偉先生

聖經默想 – 以恩典作生活的起點
Bible Meditation – Start from the grace we have

耶穌說:「你們有多少餅,可以去看看。」他們知道了,就說:「五個餅,兩條魚。」(馬可福音6:38)
默想:門徒告訴耶穌,他們資源不足,不能應對眼前景遇。耶穌卻掉轉過來,叫他們看看手上有多少資源。我們經常埋怨生活和工作上的缺乏和不足,卻失去了一門藝術,就是從我們所擁有的恩典作生活的起點。

“How many loaves do you have?” he asked. “Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five—and two fish.” (Mark 6: 38 New International Version)
Meditate: The disciples told Jesus that they had insufficient resources that cannot cope with the situation. Jesus turned around and told them to see how much resources they had. We often complain about the lack and deficiencies in life and work, yet we have lost an art, which is to set the starting point of life from the grace we have.

聖經默想 – 我毋須逃避恐懼
Bible Meditation – No need to escape from fear

約沙法便懼怕,定意尋求耶和華,在猶大全地宣告禁食。(歷代志下20:3)
默想:約沙法因鄰國聯手來犯,強敵當前感到力不能勝,心中不期然恐懼起來。在危困中,他卻定意尋求耶和華,並帶領以色列全國禁食。我們毋須逃避恐懼,最要緊的是在懼怕的時候,定意倚靠上主。

Alarmed, Jehoshaphat resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast for all Judah.  (2 Chronicles 20:3  New International Version)
Meditate: Jehoshaphat was jointly attacked by neighboring countries. The strong enemies surrounded him and he might feel that they were invincible. Jehoshaphat’s heart was unavoidably trembling. During this crisis, he determined to seek Jehovah and led all Judah to fast. We do not need to escape from fear, the most important thing is to rely on God when we are afraid.

聖經默想 – 將憂慮卸給神
Bible Meditation – Cast all your anxiety on him

將憂慮卸給神
你們要將一切的憂慮卸給神,因為祂顧念你們。(彼得前書5:7)
有一位全能者時刻顧念我們,我們需要學習的,就是把憂慮卸給祂。事實上,在我們還未學曉放手,把一切交給祂的時候,祂早已顧念我們。

Cast all your anxiety on him
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Peter 5:7 New International Version (NIV)
The Almighty who is always thinking about us, and what we need to learn is to let our worry go to Him. In fact, He had long thought about us before we learned to let go of everything to Him.

聖經默想 – 祢深知我
Bible Meditation – You discern me

祢深知我
我坐下,我起來,祢都曉得;祢從遠處知道我的意念。我行路,我躺臥,祢都細察;祢也深知我一切所行的。(詩篇139:2-3)
默想:我們起居作息,心中意念,神都曉得而且細心並親密地察看。那就是說,無論我們行善行惡、順境逆境,神都以祂的眼目注視我們。

You discern me
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Psalm 139:2-3 New International Version (NIV)
When we live and work or take rest, and the thoughts in our hearts, God knows and looks dearly. So, whether we do good or evil, good times or adversity, God looks at us with His eyes.

聖經默想 – 祢認識我
Bible Meditation – You know me

祢認識我
耶和華啊,祢已經鑒察我,認識我。(詩篇139:1)
默想:在我們仍未認識神的時候,神已經認識我們。不是一般的認識而已,祂確實細緻地鑒察我們,以慈愛懷抱我們。

You know me
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
Psalm 139:1 New International Version (NIV)
Before we knew God, God already knew us. It is not just knowing us in general, He does look at us carefully and holds us in His arms with love

聖經默想 – 求祢保護我
Bible Meditation – Keep me as the apple of your eye

求祢保護我
求祢保護我,如同保護眼中的瞳人;將我隱藏在祢翅膀的蔭下。(詩篇17:8)
祈求神的保護,是因為我們碓信祂以慈愛待我們,把我們視為眼中瞳人;也確信神有大能,祂的翅膀能給我們完全的護蔭。

Keep me as the apple of your eye
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17:8 New International Version (NIV)

Pray for God’s protection because we believe that He treats us with kindness as apple in His eyes. We also believe that with His power God will shelter us with His wings which give us complete shade.

聖經默想 – 生命是甚麼呢?
Bible Meditation – What is your life?

生命是甚麼呢?
其實明天如何,你們還不知道。你們的生命是甚麼呢?你們原來是一片雲霧,出現少時就不見了。(雅各書4:14)
生命充滿不可知的因素,以為可以真箇掌控自己生命的人,其實尚未認識人活著是全賴生命之主的恩典。

What is your life?
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
James 4:14 New International Version (NIV)
Life is full of unknowable factors, and those who think they can truly control their own lives have not yet realized that living is wholly rely on the grace of the Lord of life.

聖經默想 – 我若不信
Bible Meditation – I remain confident

我若不信在活人之地得見耶和華的恩惠,就早已喪膽了。(詩篇27:13)
確信神臨在人間,以恩典托著萬有,以恩惠愛惜我們,是叫我們不至喪膽,內心一天新似一天的原因。

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Psalm 27:13 New International Version (NIV)
We firmly believe that God is among us with everything which is supported by His grace; His loving care is the reason that we are not to be discouraged and we are renewed day by day.

劉國偉先生 – 本於信,以至於信。

馬丁路德(1483-1546),16世紀的宗教改革家,在1520年出版的他的著作〈基督徒的自由〉(On the Freedom of a Christian)中如此寫道:「許多人以為基督徒的信,乃是一件容易之事,他們其所以如此行,是因他們沒有信的經驗,也從來沒有嘗到信的大能。因為除非一個人在某一個時候,處於試煉的壓迫之下,嘗過信所給予的勇氣,他就無法將信好好描寫出來,也無法對凡論信所正確描寫的加以領會。」很明顯的,馬丁路德以「因信稱義」作為教義的核心,他更進一步把這核心教義,引伸至信仰人生的不同層面。

如此説來,「因信稱義」不單是一個人怎樣得救的課題,這個課題當然非常重要,然而,「因信稱義」其實涵蓋整個信仰人生,是基督徒在世生活的重要基石。

劉國偉先生 – 願榮光歸上帝

今天的講題是「願榮光歸上帝」。擬定這個題目的時候,讓我聯想起美國著名的作詞人芬尼·克羅斯貝Fanny Crosby所創作的一首詩歌To God Be the Glory,華人教會比較多選唱的中譯版本,是宣道出版社青年聖歌的「榮耀歸於真神」:

榮耀歸於真神,
祂成就大事,
為愛世人甚至賜下獨生子,
獻上祂生命,
為人贖罪受害,
永生門已大開,
人人可進來。

(To God be the glory, great things He hath done, So loved He the world that He gave us His son, Who yielded His life, an atonement for sin, And opened the Life Gate that all may go in.)

這一首歌詞所提及的是大家耳熟能詳的救恩要道,Fanny Crosby所填寫的詩詞,充滿力量,簡單有力地告訴人,歸榮耀予上帝的根本原因。不過,可能我們信主時日長久,有時就難免淡忙了初信主時,那份心靈悸動和興奮,對於Fanny Crosby所寫的「榮耀歸於真神,祂成就大事」,就可能感覺有點淡然。

今天,對我們來說,在生活中所經歷的事情,甚麼才算是大事?對香港人來說,從去年6月開始,不斷演化的社會運動,並最近的新型冠狀病毒的威脅,當然是大事當中的大事,而且我更會形容這是又大又難的事。但願當我們經歷這些又大又難的事的時候,我們心中牢記著上帝為我們所成就,耶穌基督的救恩這件大事。這樣,我們就可以懷着信心,常存盼望,即使在最艱難的歲月中,仍然以歸榮耀給上帝,作為我們的人生導向。