【荒漠甘泉】2015/02/03

发表于:2015-02-03 20:10 [只看楼主] [划词开启]

点击查看大图"And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness." (Mark 1:12)

"圣灵立刻把耶稣催到旷野里去。“(可1:12直译)



It seemed a strange proof of Divine favor. "Immediately." Immediately after what? After the opened heavens and the dove-like peace and the voice of the Father's blessing, "......Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mk.1:11)It is no abnormal experience. Thou, too, hast passed through it, O my soul. Are not the times of thy deepest depression just the moments that follow thy loftiest flight? Yesterday thou wert soaring far in the firmament, and singing in the radiance of the morn; today thy wings are folded and thy song silent. At noon thou wert basking in the sunshine of a Father's smile; at eve thou art saying in the wilderness, "...My way is hid from the Lord...."(Is.40:27) 

这似乎是神的喜爱的一个奇怪的证明. ”立刻“,在什么之后的立刻?在天裂开了,圣灵仿佛鸽子降在他身上,以及天父赐福的声音“你是我的爱子,我喜悦你!”(可1:10~11)之后。这不是反常的经历。哦,我的灵哪,你也有过这样的经历。你在极度意气消沉的境况之后,不是接着有最崇高飞跃的机会吗?昨天你远在太空翱翔,在黎明的光辉中歌唱;今天你却翅膀折迭,歌声沉默。中午你在天父微笑的阳光下取暖;晚上你却在旷野中说:“我的道路向耶和华隐藏?“(以赛亚书40:27)


Nay, but, my soul, the very suddenness of the change is a proof that it is not revolutionary.

不,可是我的灵哪,这种突然地变化正好证明不是单纯的大变革,乃有神的美意在内。


Hast thou weighed the comfort of that word "immediately"? Why does it come so soon after the blessing? Just to show that it is the sequel to the blessing. God shines on thee to make thee fit for life's desert-places━for its Gethsemanes, for its Calvaries. He lifts thee up that He may give thee strength to go further down; He illuminates thee that He may send thee into the night, that He may make thee a help to the helpless.

你有没有衡量过”立刻“这两个字的安慰?为什么在祝福之后很快就来个”立刻“?正好证明这是祝福的下文。神照耀着你,要使你适合生活的荒漠——适合生活的客西马尼,适合生活的各各他。他高举你,为的是赐给你力量能更往下走;他光照你,为的是差遣你到黑夜中去,使你帮助得不到帮助的人。


Not at all times art thou worthy of the wilderness; thou art only worthy of the wilderness after the splendors of Jordan. Nothing but the Son's vision can fit thee for the Spirit's burden; only the glory of the baptism can support the hunger of the desert. ━George Matheson

你不是随时都有资格到旷野里去的,你只有先得到约旦河的祝福,才配到旷野里去。唯有圣子的启示,才能使你适合承担圣灵的重担;唯有洗礼的荣耀,才能忍受沙漠中的饥饿。                 ——马德胜


After benediction comes battle.

祝福之后就是战斗。


The time of testing that marks and mightily enriches a soul's spiritual career is no ordinary one, but a period when all hell seems let loose, a period when we realize our souls are brought into a net, when we know that God is permitting us to be in the devil's hand. But it is a period which always ends in certain triumph for those who have committed the keeping of their souls to Him, a period of marvelous "nevertheless afterward" of abundant usefulness, the sixty-fold that surely follows. ━Aphra White

试炼的时期,标志一个人的灵程特征,也强有力地丰富一个人的灵程。它不是平常的时期,是全地狱好像张开了口,我们的灵魂如入网罗之中,神允许我们落入魔鬼手中的时期。可是这又是凡把保守自己灵魂的重任交托给神的人,终于得胜的时期,一个”不过之后“肯定会有六十倍的丰富有用的果子的奇妙时期。                                                                                            ——阿弗拉*怀特


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