260靈修 Sept. 7, 2011: 雅各書第四章James 4

雅各書 第四章11-17節

11弟兄們,你們不可彼此批評。人若批評弟兄,論斷弟兄,就是批評律法,論斷律法。你若論斷律法,就不是遵行律法,乃是判斷人的。12設立律法和判斷人的,只有一位,就是那能救人也能滅人的。你是誰,竟敢論斷別人呢?13嗐!你們有話說:「今天明天我們要往某城裏去,在那裏住一年,做買賣得利。」14其實明天如何,你們還不知道。你們的生命是甚麼呢?你們原來是一片雲霧,出現少時就不見了。15你們只當說:「主若願意,我們就可以活著,也可以做這事,或做那事。」16現今你們竟以張狂誇口;凡這樣誇口都是惡的。17人若知道行善,卻不去行,這就是他的罪了。

 

默想

  1. 訂立目標原是好的,但問題是我們常會認為是我自己在掌控我的生命和我的未來,而將神拋在我生命之外。如果我們的計劃中從來沒有把神包括在內,我們就不能參與在神的計劃中,因為沒有人能控制明天,未來是掌握在神手中的。我們應該在神面前謙卑,慎重地尋求神在我們生命中的心意。
  2. 我對未來的十年、一年或明天有甚麼打算呢?假若神要介入我的計劃,替我重新安排,我願意嗎?我是否願意放開我的手,放開我對自己的計劃,雖然會面對不知,決心以信心來選擇跟隨神所為我安排的道路?事實上,只有當我選擇容許神來指引我的道路,我才能真正的活出神為我安排的豐盛生命。

 

禱告與筆錄:

繼續安靜在神面前,與神對話,並聆聽祂對我說的話。將心中的思想(心得),或是與神的禱告,記錄在“靈程筆記”簿上面。

 

James 4:11-17

11 Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? 13 Now listen, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money." 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If it is the Lord's will, we will live and do this or that." 16 As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. 17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins.

 

Meditation

  1. Setting goals and making plans can be good. The temptation, however, when we plan is to think that we are in control of our lives and our future, which pushes God away from our lives. And when God is not at the centre of our planning, we will find that we are not participating in His story—the things that he is doing in this world. Our lives and the future are in God’s hands. We need to come humbly to God and carefully seek God’s will for our lives.
  2. What plans do I have for tomorrow, this year or next ten years? Am I willing to submit all of them to God so that I can be involved in his work for his glory and honour?  Am I willing to hold loosely to my own plans, and to take risky steps of faith to follow what God has in store for me?  Only when I choose to allow God to direct my path, will I be able to live the best life, the one God has in store for me.

 

 

Prayer & Journaling:

Stay with God for a little longer.  Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me.  Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2011 “Spiritual Journal” book.

 

Family Time (Begin this time by reading the passage above using a children’s Bible.)

Decide on one thing your family can plan together to do, ie. a short-trip, a party, a visit to a senior home, etc.   Ask everyone to give suggestions and write them down.  Then, ask, “Have you thought of asking God for suggestions”?   Talk some more and see how you may involve Jesus in this plan.  Write your final plan in your Family Devotional Journal including the date to accomplish this plan.

 


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