神爱世人,甚至将他的独生子赐给他们,叫一切信他的,
不至灭亡,反得永生。(约3:16).

双语灵修丨葛培理布道团:神的美意本是如此(2019.10.04)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年10月04日 14:56

至于上帝,他的道是完全的。诗篇 18:30

As for God, His way is perfect. Psalm 18:30

宣教的旅程并不总是像保罗计划的那样:本来打算去小亚细亚讲道,但是圣灵禁止了(徒16:6);接着要去腓立比进行初信栽培,却又被抓进监狱(徒1611);然后应邀去帖撒罗尼迦传福音,却被市井小人打了一顿,说他们“搅乱天下”(徒176),他不得不再次逃离。

但是,上帝掌管着这一切!保罗不能来小亚细亚讲道,因为上帝要开欧洲的福音大门(徒16:9)。他在监狱里当然不舒服,但是上帝却藉着那个机会让禁卒合他全家信了主(徒1634)。虽然他要逃离帖撒罗尼迦,但是在隔壁的庇哩亚,很多人甘心受道(徒1711)。

事情也不是总如我们自己的心愿。但是,如果我们凡事交托给基督,完全顺服于他的带领,我们往往又发现,其实上帝所预备的比我们自己想要的更好。

Things didn’t always work out the way Paul planned.

Expecting to preach in Asia Minor, “they were forbidden by the Holy Spirit” (Acts 16:6). Encouraged by the response to the Gospel in Thessalonica, he was suddenly assailed by a mob and accused of having “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). As a result he was forced to flee.

But in every instance God was in control! Paul was forbidden to preach in Asia Minor-because God was opening the door to Europe. Paul found himself in jail- as a result the Philippian jailer and his family were converted. Paul had to flee Thessalonica- and Berea, the next town, “received the word with all readiness” (Acts 17:6).

Things don’t always work out the way we plan. But if we commit our way to Christ and walk in to obedience to Him, we discover His plans are always better.  


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