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困難是開往更大祝福之門

蕭壽華牧師

我們自然的本性是要逃避困難,但智慧、慈愛的神,卻常把更豐厚的祝福隱藏在困難後面。若不經過困難,我們便不能得著更完全的恩惠,只會長久停留在浮淺的生命中。

看但以理書第一至六章,便會深刻體會神如何使用困難,祝福那些信靠祂,敢於面對困難的人。

1. 但以理與他三位朋友,被徵召進入巴比倫之王宮,面對是否要接納外邦王膳的抉擇,就好像今天的基督徒,被要求在公司開業時參與拜祭關帝般。但以理不怕壓力,堅拒接納王膳,並相信在神的能力內,素菜白水也能叫他們健壯。這事以後,聖經隨即記載:「這四個少年人,神在各樣文字學問上賜給他們聰明知識……」(但一 17)

2. 尼布甲尼撒王,因國內的術士們不能解說他的夢境,在烈怒中頒下命令,要殺滅境內所有的術士,而但以理並他朋友們的性命也危在旦夕。在此極大的困難中,但以理與他的朋友同心祈禱,神便賜下解夢的智慧。隨後王便「高抬但以理,賞賜他許多上等禮物……又立他為總理」(二 48)。

3. 王又造了一個金像,要全國臣民向金像下拜,可是但以理三位朋友不肯順從,因而面對被燒死在火窯中的厄運。(今天我們或許會因為信仰原則的緣故失去工作,但還不至被處死!)神奇妙地保護敬畏祂的人,王清楚看見「火無力傷他們的身體,頭髮也沒有燒焦,衣裳也沒有變色,並沒有火燎的氣味」(三 27)。因此尼布甲尼撒王降旨全國,要尊敬這三人所跟從的神,並在巴比倫省內提升他們三人的職位。(三 30)

4. 第六章記載了但以理因為受其他總長總督嫉妒,被陷害而進入獅子坑的經過,但至終但以理「毫無傷損,因為信靠他的神」(六 23)。而王也因此降旨,要求全國人民,要在這位神面前「戰兢恐懼。因為祂是永遠長存的活神,祂的國永不敗壞……」(六 26)隨後但以理也在通國內,「大享亨通」(六 28)。

在滿有能力、智慧、權柄的神面前,困難並不足懼。信靠也就像一把鑰匙,把一扇一扇駭人的困難之門開啟,引領我們進入更豐盛之地。

(本文摘自蕭牧師著作《在愛與接納中握手》,蒙宣道出版社允許轉載。)






Pastor's Sharing
Hardship: The Door to Greater Blessings
Rev Gordon Siu

It is human nature to try to steer clear of hardship. But by the wisdom and lovingkindness of God, His abundant blessings are often hidden behind hardship. Without tackling hardship, we will not be able to receive more of God’s grace, and will only live a shallow life for a long time.

Chapters 1 to 6 of the Book of Daniel give deeper insight into how God uses hardship to bless those who trust in Him, and who are ready to rise up against adversities.

1. Daniel and his three friends, who were brought into the Babylonian king’s service, faced the choice of whether to defile themselves with the royal food and wine of the pagan king. It is like some Christians today being asked to take part in a traditional Chinese ritual to worship Guan Di (關帝) at the start of a business. Despite the pressure, Daniel was firm in not defiling himself. He was convinced that by the power of God, vegetables and water will give him and his friends a good appearance. After that, the Bible tells us, "To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning" (Daniel 1:17).

2. King Nebuchadnezzar, angry and furious that his astrologists could not interpret his dream, ordered the execution of all wise men of Babylon. Men were also sent out to kill Daniel and his friends. In the face of great hardship, Daniel and his friends prayed to God, and the mystery was revealed to him. After Daniel had interpreted the dream, "the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon…" (2:48).

3. The king then set up an image of gold and made his people worship the image. Daniel's three friends refused to obey, and suffered the misfortune of being put into a blazing furnace. (Today, we may lose our job for holding on to the principles of our faith, but still we won’t be put to death.) Amazingly, God protected those who feared Him. The king clearly saw that "the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them" (3:27). So the king decreed that nothing should be said against the God of the three friends, and he also "promoted Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the province of Babylon" (3:30).

4. It was recorded in Daniel 6 how the administrators and satraps were jealous of Daniel and falsely accused him so he was put in the lions' den. But in the end, "no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God" (6:23). The king also decreed that "in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. 'For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed'" (6:26). After that, "Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian" (6:28).

With the mightiness, wisdom and power of God, hardship is nothing to fear. Trusting in God is like a key which opens one door of appalling hardship after another, taking us into a land of greater abundance.