痛苦中的平安 Persevering with Peace簡單蒙福的恩來 05/11 2101
Persevering with Peace 痛苦中的平安
Physical and emotional pain can often feel like aggressive adversaries. We may be tempted to give up or wish we could escape when we’re weary and can’t see the end of our current battle. But, like David, we can learn to trust that God will hold us up and help us rest in His constant and loving presence.
Psalm 3 NIV
3 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! 2 Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” 3 But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. 4 I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. 5 I lie down and sleep; I wake again, because the Lord sustains me. 6 I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. 7 Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. 8 From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.
3 耶和华啊，我的敌人何其加增！有许多人起来攻击我。2 有许多人议论我说：“他得不着神的帮助。”3 但你耶和华是我四围的盾牌，是我的荣耀，又是叫我抬起头来的。4 我用我的声音求告耶和华，他就从他的圣山上应允我。5 我躺下睡觉，我醒着，耶和华都保佑我。6 虽有成万的百姓来周围攻击我，我也不怕。7 耶和华啊，求你起来！我的神啊，求你救我！因为你打了我一切仇敌的腮骨，敲碎了恶人的牙齿。8 救恩属乎耶和华，愿你赐福给你的百姓。
In addition to the Psalms, the New Testament has a lot to say about perseverance through trials. The book of Acts tells the account of the apostle Peter who was preparing to stand trial after being unjustly imprisoned by King Herod for eight days. Undoubtedly he would be executed. But Peter didn’t lose any sleep over his impending death. In fact “the night before Peter was to be placed on trial, he was asleep” (Acts 12:6 NLT). Peter experienced peace—peace that can come only through trusting God—because the church was earnestly praying for him (vv. 5, 12).
The apostle Paul wrote about tranquility in his letter to the Philippians: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7).
When we can’t sleep because we’re troubled by the trials of life, instead of counting sheep we can talk to our Good Shepherd. Jesus promised,“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you” (John 14:27).
What worries keep you awake at night? Ask God to help you find the peace you need.
Lord, thank You for giving us rest in the peace of Your constant presence and assuring us of the victory You’ve already won.