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:真实的幸福(2019.11.02)

作者: 葛培理布道团 来源:基督时报蒙允转载2019年11月02日 07:00

以雅各的上帝为帮助、仰望耶和华-上帝的,这人便为有福!诗篇 1465

Happy is the man who has the God of Jacob as his helper. Psalm 146:5

有时候我几乎要希望当年托马斯杰弗逊没有在美国独立宣言里提到寻求幸福几个字。当然,他没有错,上帝给我们权利(至少是自由)寻求幸福。问题是,成千上万的人认为,寻求幸福是人生最重要的目标,并耗尽一生来寻求这个幸福。可惜,到了最后,他们的幻想都破灭了。

幸福,应该是一种伟大事业的副产品,而不是其自身。幸福不可能被寻求或捕捉,如同你不可以把晴天抓到放在瓶子里,雨天再拿出来。真正的幸福,来自一种不同的寻求对上帝的寻求。上帝已经应许:你们寻求我,若专心寻求我,就必寻见。(耶2913)这个应许是真实的-因为上帝也在寻求我们。他甚至把他的独生儿子差遣到这个世界,来寻求我们,并把我们带到天堂。

只有上帝才能给我们真正的幸福。

Sometimes I almost with Thomas Jefferson had not inserted those words in the American Declaration of Independence about “the pursuit of happiness,”

He was correct, of course; God has given us the “right” (or at least the freedom) to pursue happiness.

The problem is that millions think this must be the primary purpose of life, and they spend their lives frantically pursuing it. In the end, however, their search ends in disillusionment.

Happiness is a byproduct of something greater, not an end in itself. Happiness cannot be pursued and caught; any more than one can pursue a sunny day, put it in a bottle, and then bring it out on a rainy day to enjoy again.

True happiness comes from a different pursuit-the pursuit of God. He has promised, ‘You will see Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). That promise is true-because God also pursues us. He even sent His son into the world to pursue us and bring us to Heaven.

Only God gives true happiness.


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