每日诗歌: 主是磐石 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/014.html)
Exodus 16 [Read]
Exodus 17 [Read]
Exodus 18 [Read]
Matthew 19:16-30 [Read]
Every time I read the story about the rich young ruler in today’s reading, I feel sad. I believe he was sincere when he said he followed the Laws since he was young (Mark 10:20), and I think he was earnestly seeking to receive eternal life. However, his response to Jesus’ request saddens me, not because he made the wrong choice, but because he had no idea what eternal life meant. The worse thing was that not even the disciples, who had followed Jesus for sometimes by then, knew what it meant. Their reaction of astonishment to Jesus’ comment exposed that: “who then can be saved?” (MT 19:25) If a Law abiding Jew who apparently was blessed by God with wealth cannot be save, then who else may have hope? After all, the blessings of this life should be a clear indication of what will happen in eternity.
“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Jesus’ response shows that salvation is never to be earned. It’s a gift that can only come from God. I doubt the Israelites appreciated that point at all. Less than a month after they witnessed so many wonders in Egypt ended in the climax of crossing the Red Sea in dry land, they grumbled when life got tough on them in the wilderness. Who cares about eternity if I can’t have food and drink in this life? If God is so great to perform so many miracles, why can’t he just give us some water and bread? Grumbling is justified, for God obviously doesn’t love us.
Living with an eternal perspective is the hardest thing for my Christian walk. Even though sometimes I know something will not matter three months from now, I am still tempted to argue and grumble about it to my wife, to others, and to God. Indeed, “no man can tame the tongue” (Js 3:8). But praise the Lord for the promise he gave us: “with man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible”. When we are ready to use our tongue again next time, may this promise give us strength to do what we cannot possibly achieve by ourselves.
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