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神的美意
作者:讀經:哥林多後書十二章1至9節

你曾否懇切祈求神答應你的某個要求,但神最終卻沒有應允,或用另一種方式來回應你的祈求?你會否因而質疑神,直至後來才發現神的帶領是最美好?

保羅曾經有過這經歷,神雖然沒有應允他的祈求,但他卻願意接受神的旨意。

保羅在這段經文中記述了兩次親身經歷。第一個只是片刻的經歷;第二個卻是一生的經歷。前者是一個榮耀的經歷,後者卻為他帶來一生的苦楚。

保羅為了向哥林多信徒證明自己的使徒身分,特別向他們說出一個發生在十四年前的經歷。他從沒有提及這個經歷,但此刻他覺得有必要將它說出來。他曾經被提到天上,耳聞目睹許多不能言喻的事情。他只是簡略提及這次經歷,所以我們仍是所知不多。

倘若我們有保羅這類的經歷,肯定會滿心驕傲。我們可能會動手寫一本書,名為「在天堂的所見所聞」,它必然會成為熱門的暢銷書。

神卻深知我們的軟弱和驕傲自大。這是人類的通病。祂知道保羅也會掉入同樣的試探之中,祂必須幫助他去克勝。保羅在第7節說:「又恐怕我因所得的啟示甚大,就過於自高,所以有一根制加在我肉體上,就是撒但的差役要攻擊我,免得我過於自高。

保羅所講的那根刺,究竟是甚麼呢?他沒有告訴我們。但它就像一根戳進身體的刺一樣,使人感到極痛苦;而且,它更是不能除去的呢!

撒但與那根刺有何關係呢?神容讓撒但把這根刺,刺進保羅的身體;但與此同時,神卻仍然掌管大局,祂可以對保羅說:「保羅,我會利用這根刺來幫助你,讓你經歷我的恩典。」神就是這樣幫助我們。祂用祂的恩典扶持軟弱的保羅,祂也會同樣扶持我們。

緊記的經文:「我的恩典夠你用的。」林後十二9


DISAPPOINTMENT? - HIS APPOINTMENT

BIBLE READING:2 Corinthians 12:1-9

How many times have you asked God for a specific request, but God has answered in another way? You have wondered why, only to discover later, that God‵s way is best.

Paul knew what that was like. He had to accept God‵s will for himself, even though it was not what he asked for.

Two of Paul‵s many personal experiences are recorded in our reading. The first one lasted only a short period. The second one lasted a life-time. The first one was glorious. The second one was a nagging pain which never left him.

In defending himself to the Corinthians Paul told of an experience which had happened 14 years previously. He had never mentioned it before. Now he felt he had to speak. Back there he had been lifted up into heaven where he saw and heard things which could not, should not, be described. That was the first incident and we know very little of it.

Now comes the second experience. A sensational vision like Paul had would tend to fiD us with pride. We would no doubt write a book, ‵My five minutes in Heaven.‵ It would be a best seller.

But God knows our weaknesses, our pride. We are all so human. He knew he had to help Paul resist that same temptation. Paul said in v.4, ‘To keep me from becoming conceited because of those surpassing great revelations, there was given me (notice those words) a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan ...’

What was it? We are not told. It was much more than a rosethorn. The word is translated elsewhere as a stake, a sharpened stick. Something like that driven into our flesh would cause intense pain. Remember it was never removed.

What did Satan have to do with it? God allowed Satan to introduce this thing into Paul‵s body. But at the same time God overruled and said, ‵Paul, I‵m going to use that thing to help you prove my grace.‵ That is the kind of God we have. He will do the same for us as he did for Paul.

TOMORROW: ‵My grace is sufficient for you.‵


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延伸閱讀:
最後祝福 【讀經:希伯來書13章15至25節】
神的對待 【五月17日】
榮光有別 【十月25日】


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