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This year let God be God in your life

Casting down imaginations…” 2Co 10:5

How does God provide for us? One day at a time. Do you remember the Israelites in the wilderness? God fed them faithfully each day by sending manna from heaven. But some of them wanted to make sure they'd have enough for tomorrow, revealing their lack of trust in God, so they gathered more. But God would only allow them to collect enough for each day; when they tried to collect more the excess rotted.

Understand this: When you worry over the future or things you can do nothing about, it's like trying to store up manna for tomorrow. Before you know it, you feel rotten. God wants you to give tomorrow's concerns to Him because they're too big for you. You only receive enough grace for today, so stay in the moment.

Question: Are you being tormented by the “what ifs”? What if I get hurt or become ill, or the company downsizes and I lose my job? What if people don't like or accept me? What if I can't find someone to love me and I end up alone? What if I'm not hearing from God and I make a mistake? The Bible calls this “imaginations”—you're imagining the worst-case scenario. Paul says, “Cast it down,” for if you don't, you'll live in dread concerning things that haven't happened—and probably never will. What if you “figure it all out,” then God surprises you and does something different, something better? All that time would be wasted. Haven't you already wasted enough time worrying?

Here's an idea: This year relax and let God be God in your life!

今年,讓神作你生命的神

哥林多後書10:5將各樣的計謀……一概攻破了。」

神如何供應我們?一次一天份。你還記得曠野中的以色列人嗎?神藉著從天上降下嗎哪,每天信實地餵養他們,但是他們當中有些人想要確保明天也會有足夠的量,便收取較多,顯示出對神缺乏信心。然而,神只允許他們每天收取每天的量。當他們企圖收取較多時,過剩的就腐壞了。

要明白:當你為未來或無能為力的事情擔憂時,就好像企圖為明天儲存嗎哪,你很快就感到不舒服了。神希望你把明天的憂慮交給祂,因為你承擔不起。你只獲得足夠今天的恩典,所以活在當下。

問題:你受到「要是……怎麼辦」的折磨嗎?要是我受傷或生病怎麼辦?要是公司裁員,我失業了怎麼辦?要是人們不喜歡或不接受我怎麼辦?要是我找不到人愛我,結果孤苦伶仃怎麼辦?要是我沒有聽見神的聲音,做錯事怎麼辦?聖經稱此為「計謀(直譯為『想像』)」──你在想像最糟的狀況。保羅說:「一概攻破了」。因為若不如此,你就會活在恐懼中,擔心尚未發生的事──很可能永遠也不會發生。要是你「找出所有解決辦法」,神卻出乎你意料,有不同的作法、更好的作法呢?那些時間都白費了。你是否已經浪費夠多的時間在擔憂?

建議:今年放輕鬆,讓神作你生命的神!

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