Day 764 – He will never leave you

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My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Matthew 27:46

In his book The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis records an imaginary conversation between a senior devil and a junior devil as they discuss how to properly tempt a Christian. The two devils desired to destroy the believer’s faith in God. “Be not deceived,” the senior devil says to the junior. “Our cause is never more in jeopardy than when a human . . . looks round upon a universe in which every trace of [God] seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.”

The Bible gives us many examples of people who acted with faith despite their feelings of abandonment. Abram felt that God’s promise of an heir had gone unheeded (Gen. 15:2-3). The psalmist felt ignored in his trouble (Ps. 10:1). Job’s troubles were so great that he thought God might even kill him (Job 13:15). And Jesus from the cross cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46). Yet in each instance God was shown to be faithful (Gen. 21:1-7; Ps. 10:16-18; Job 38:1–42:17; Matt. 28:9-20).

Although Satan may try to tempt you to think you are forsaken, God is always near. He never forsakes His own. “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’ ” (Heb. 13:5). We may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid” (v. 6).

Lord, although clouds and darkness sometimes shroud me, I know that You are close by my side. Thank You.

God is always near in spite of our fears.

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我的上帝!我的上帝!為什麼離棄我?-馬太福音27章46節

在魯益師的《地獄來鴻》一書中,描繪大魔鬼寫給小魔鬼的書信內容,討論該如何有效地引誘一位基督徒。這兩個魔鬼想要摧毀基督徒對上帝的信心。大魔鬼寫給小 魔鬼說:「你要小心哦!當一個人環顧宇宙,似乎看不到上帝以及祂的作為,心裡充滿被拋棄的疑問,然而他卻還能順服上帝,這時,我們神聖的把戲就面臨破功的 危險了。」

從聖經裡我們看到,許多人雖然感到被拋棄,卻仍然持守信心行事。亞伯蘭以為上帝已經忘記曾應許要賜他後嗣(創世記15章2-3節) 。詩人在患難中覺得被上帝忽視(詩篇10篇1節)。約伯極度痛苦以致以為上帝要殺了他(約伯記13章15節) 。甚至耶穌都在十字架上大喊:「我的上帝!我的上帝!為什麼離棄我?」(馬太福音27章46節) 然而,上帝一次又一次地顯明祂是信實的(創世記21章1-7節;詩篇10篇16-18節 ;約伯記38章1節-42章17節 ;馬太福音28章9-20節 )。

雖然撒但可能企圖欺騙你,使你以為自己被離棄了,但上帝卻是永遠在你身邊。祂永不離棄自己的兒女。「因為主曾說:『我總不撇下你,也不丟棄你。』所以我們可以放膽說:『主是幫助我的,我必不懼怕。』」(希伯來書13章5-6節)
主啊,雖然黑暗和烏雲有時籠罩我,
但我知道祢就在我身旁。謝謝祢!
即使心中徬徨,但主就在身旁。

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