【12.20】撤退还是投靠?Retreat Or Refuge?


“神是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时的帮助 。” – 诗 46:1

从前每遇到一个难题,我总是硬抗或是撤退,但我现在学习了圣经的教导,懂得了去投靠避难所。

投靠主的避难所与撤退是不一样的。撤退是逃离困难而不希望或不愿意面对危机;撤退是逃避。无论是怎样的麻烦,投靠主是获得平安和得到恢复的秘笈,以至我们可以重新建立关系和重返社区。我们投靠主不是为了逃避困难,而是希望重新得力。

撤退是投降,是说“我放弃了”。投靠主是奔向神那里去得安息、得力量、以新的突破继续下去。

撤退是源于没有盼望带来的恐惧。投靠主是因认识到这个世界的黑暗可怕,但相信神的光可以照亮一切。

我正在学习投靠主。透过敬拜、静默、群体生活、运动、跑步、人际关系、和观赏创造之美,我得以在主里找到避难所。你会用什么方法在主里寻求庇护呢?

祷告

主啊,你是我们的避难所和力量。我们常常只懂得硬抗或撤退。求你教导我们学会去投靠你,好叫我们能继续前行。阿们。

诗篇 46:1-6

1神是我们的避难所,是我们的力量,是我们在患难中随时的帮助。
2所以地虽改变,山虽摇动到海心,
3其中的水虽砰訇翻腾,山虽因海涨而战抖,我们也不害怕。(细拉)
4有一道河,这河的分汊使神的城欢喜,这城就是至高者居住的圣所。
5神在其中,城必不动摇,到天一亮,神必帮助这城。
6外邦喧嚷,列国动摇,神发声,地便熔化。

Retreat Or Refuge?

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1

For most of my life I have either run through problems with my head down, or I have retreated. I’m learning the biblical practice of seeking refuge.

There is a difference between refuge and retreat. To retreat is to run from trouble with no hope or thought of returning to the crisis. Retreat is avoidance. To seek refuge in the Lord, no matter what trouble we may find ourselves in, is an act of pursuing safety with the goal of being restored so that we can enter back into relationships and community. We seek refuge in the Lord not to avoid trouble but to find strength for the journey.

Retreat involves throwing in the towel and saying “I’m done.” Refuge involves going to God to catch your breath, to regain some strength and perspective, and to keep on the journey.

Retreat is a result of fear without hope. Refuge is a result of recognizing that the world can be a dark and scary place but that God’s light shines brighter.

I am learning to take refuge in the Lord. I find refuge in the Lord through worship, silence, community, working out, running, relationships, and the beauty of creation.

In what ways do you find refuge in the Lord?

Prayer

Lord, you are our refuge and our strength. So often we retreat, or we try to push through. Teach us to take refuge in you so that we can continue on the journey. Amen.

诵读: 骆云秀
片头: 张妙阳

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