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每週靈修探索 6/12

有益的曠野

馬可福音 6:30-32

「使徒聚集到耶穌那裡,將一切所做的事、所傳的道全告訴他。他就說:你們來,同我暗暗的到曠野地方去歇一歇。這是因為來往的人多,他們連吃飯也沒有工 夫。他們就坐船,暗暗的往曠野地方去。」(可6:30-32)

提起「曠野」,你會聯想到甚麼?希臘文聖經裏這個詞,在不同版本也翻譯成僻靜或荒野—就是無人,沒有朋友,沒有支援的地方。有點像一個人在杳無人煙的山區,車子壞了,手機沒有網絡,求助無門。

這樣的曠野能對你有益嗎?如果你去過,又認得路,也許沒問題。曾受野外求生訓練,又喜歡挑戰的人,大概覺得有益。但估計不會太多人想故意進入曠野。

除非你跟耶穌一起。據馬可福音記載,耶穌最少兩次故意走到曠野區。他曾獨自到曠野禱告(可1:35)。他也曾帶著他的團隊,在經過一段超忙的日子後,退修去了(可6:12-13)。像耶穌一樣定意進入曠野,是有益的經歷,有積極作用。因為在那裡,除了上帝之外,你沒有別的依靠。

我們的功課是接受主耶穌的邀請,跟他一起走!與耶穌一起到上帝面前,享受天父的慈愛,醫治和肯定。熟習聆聽聖靈的微聲,讓你的身心靈接受更新。你也許覺得這都聽過了!可惜,並非人人都付諸實行。更有人罔顧自己的需要,只知忙碌擺上,卻從不願意安靜下來,接受天父的擁抱。萬一這是你,請聽耶穌說:「來歇一歇吧!」

在今天的現實環境中。我們當如何回應?首先,要決定拋開事務,到一處可以安靜的地方。如果真的沒有一整天的時間,就預留幾個小時吧!關掉你的手機(至少進入靜音狀態)。也許到郊外走走,給耶穌唱一首歌,讀一篇你熟識的詩篇。然後邀請聖靈,你的導師,對你說話。

你是否已經筋疲力盡?心力交瘁?心靈枯乾?或者被家庭,工作及事奉的需要淹沒?你是否感到在人生路上無所適從?是否再看不見主耶穌臉上的微笑,也聽不見他溫柔的肯定?來,跟耶穌一起坐船到礦野去。

操練:

  1. 繼續在日程中製造空間,讓神進入你的生命。在早上,午間和晚上,預留2-3分鐘安靜時間,默默地坐下,以耶穌為你的神(詩 46:10)。讓他向你微笑,賜你平安。
  2. 邀請聖靈做你的職場同路人。求賜智慧和悟性處理今天的挑戰。

禱告:
「主耶穌,謝謝你的邀請。我真的想跟你坐船到曠野去。請給我決心付諸實行。靠著你的寶血,讓我有新的視野和開通的耳朵。阿門。」

Weekly Devotion 6/12

A Healthy Wilderness

Mark 6:30-32

The apostles then rendezvoused with Jesus and reported on all that they had done and taught. Jesus said, “Come off by yourselves; let’s take a break and get a little rest.” For there was constant coming and going. They didn’t even have time to eat. So they got in the boat and went off to a remote place by themselves.

(Mark 6:30-32, the Message)

What comes to your mind when someone mentions wilderness? The same term in Greek is translated as a remote place in this week’s scripture. In other editions, it appears as desolate, uninhabited, or solitary – somewhere devoid of friends and familiar sources of support. Picture yourself alone in the middle of nowhere with a stalled vehicle and no cellular connection.

How can such wilderness be called healthy? Possibly when you have been there before and know your way. Maybe if you’re trained in survival skills and actually enjoy the challenge. But it’s unlikely too many people would want to go there on purpose.

Unless you’re with Jesus. Mark tells us that Jesus deliberately went to “a desolate place” on at least two occasions. He went there to be alone and to pray (Mark 1:35). He took his team with him on retreat (Mark 6:31 ESV) following a time of intense ministry activity (Mark 6:12-13). Intentionally entering this kind of wilderness, as Jesus did, can be a positive, healthy experience. Because there you have no other help but God.

The lesson for us is this: take up the Lord’s invitation and go with him! Tune in to God, just as Jesus himself did. Enjoy the Father’s love, healing and affirmation. Learn to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit. Be refreshed in body, soul and spirit. This may sound all too familiar. Sadly, not everyone practices it. Others ignore their own human needs, mistaking busyness for faithfulness and never quieting down to receive the Father’s embrace. But listen to Jesus: “Let’s take a break.

How might this play out in our contemporary suburban environment? Find a quiet spot away from your usual distractions. Block off a couple of hours if a whole day is impossible. Switch off your cell phone (at least set it on quiet mode). Go for a walk in the countryside. Sing a song to Jesus. Read a familiar psalm. And invite the Holy Spirit, your Counselor, to speak.

Are you physically tired? Emotionally drained? Mentally exhausted? Overwhelmed by the incessant needs of family, work and ministry? Disoriented in your search for the next step in your life? Unable to see the smile on the Lord’s face or hear his word of approval? Get in the boat with Jesus.

Practice:

  1. Continue to create space for God in your daily schedule. Set apart 2-3 minutes in the morning, afternoon and evening. Sit quietly and acknowledge Jesus as your God (Psalm 46:10). Let him smile on you and give you peace.
  2. Welcome the Holy Spirit as your Partner @ Work. Ask for wisdom and insight to face today’s challenges.

Prayer:

“Lord Jesus, thank you for your invitation. I’d love to join you in the boat. Please give me the resolve to actually do it. By the power of your blood, give me fresh eyes and open ears. Amen.”