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新的命令、新的環境、新的考驗
作者:讀經:列王紀上十七章7至15節

神會怎樣帶領以利亞的下一步呢?神一直等到溪水乾了,才吩咐他說:「你起來前往西頓的撒勒法,並住在那裏」。然而,王后耶洗別的父親正是西頓的王,而以利亞因為頂撞亞哈王和王后耶洗別,他們現在正追殺他呢!

當他去到撒勒法,神會保護他嗎?來到一個異邦的國家,神如何供應他呢?但神卻向他保證說:「我已吩咐那裏的一個寡婦來供養你。」於是,以利亞便聽從神的吩咐,步行六十多英里前往神要他去的地方。

在以利亞的心目中,是否預期會有一位住在大屋、有僕人差使的有錢寡婦來接待他呢?可是,以利亞所找到的,卻是一位幾乎連活命的指望也沒有的窮寡婦。這位寡婦顯然是認識神的,因為她知道以利亞是屬於永生耶和華神的僕人。然而,她此刻的眼目卻沒有仰望神,反而只呆望著家中那些空罈和空瓶。

我們可以把以利亞對寡婦說的話意譯如下:「妳只要聽我的吩咐去做,妳只要信任我和信靠我的神,妳和妳的兒子便會源源不絕地得到神的供應,獲得足夠的食物。」事實也真的這樣發生。

神以非常奇妙的方式來供應他們。神並非一次性地賜予他們一年的需用,反之,罈內的?和瓶內的油,都正好足夠他們三人每天的所需。每天都有神的新鮮供應。神就是這樣,要我們每天經歷祂的新恩,但祂的賜予總是足夠我們每天的需用。

以利亞在那裏住了多久呢?足足有兩年。他竟然在敵人的領土,在一個一無所有的窮寡婦家中,住了超過720日!神有否實踐祂的承諾?當然有,而且是每天都實踐。神今天也是一樣;不管你身在何處,祂都應許與你同在,一直至永永遠遠。


A NEW COMMAND - NEW CIRCUMSTANCES - NEW TEST

BIBLE READING:1 Kings 17:7-15

Whatever would God tell Elijah to do next? God waited until the brook had run dry and then he spoke: 'Go at once to Zarephath of Sidon and stay there'. But that was in the country where Jezebel's father was king and Elijah wasn't very popular with Jezebel or Ahab.

Could God protect him there? How would God provide for him in a strange country? 'I have commanded a widow in that place to supply you with food. ' So Elijah started walking the 60 or more miles, straight across Ahab's kingdom.

Did Elijah expect a rich widow, a large house, servants? He found a younger woman, who had given up hope. She must have known God, as she recognised Elijah belonged to him. But her eyes were not on God, they were on the almost empty barrel and the bottle of oil.

How can we paraphrase what Elijah told her to do? 'If you will do what I am asking you, if you will trust me and trust my God, you' will have a lasting supply for both you and your boy.' That is exactly what happened.

The miracle of supply was amazing. God did not send sufficient for a year all at once. Every day the three of them used what was there. Every new day saw the same amount replaced in the barrel and the jar. Living with God is a day by day experience, but he is always sufficient for each new day.

How long was Elijah there? Two years. More than 720 days. Where was he? In enemy territory. Whose home was he in? A widow's. One who had almost nothing. Did God fulfil his promise?
Yes, every day. Is He still the same today? Yes, He is. No matter your circumstances, He has promised to be with you, always, even to the end of the age.


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