内在的纷争

 

Internal Strife

骄傲在败坏以先,狂心在跌倒之前。

——箴言16:18

Pride goes before destruction and haughtiness before a fall.

—Proverbs 16:18 (TLB)

大卫,以色列先民的王,发现自己身处混乱的国势之中,他的王国被内部的纷争撕裂。奴隶憎恨主人,主人憎恨奴隶。人们指责政府,政府指责人民。大卫看到,每个人都认为自己是完美的,每个人都把责难加诸他人。大卫知道,如果骄傲的罪继续加增,他的国家将在属灵上崩溃。他知道随着灵命的衰落而来的必然是经济的萧条,道德的解体,或军事上的失败。所以大卫转向神,而神的灵启示他,他的王国属灵之潮不可能高于他自己内心的属灵程度。所以他怀着极度的谦卑跪下祷告:“神啊!求你鉴察我,知道我的心思;试炼我,知道我的意念;看在我里面有什么恶行没有,引导我走永生的道路”(诗篇139:23,24)。

David, king of ancient Israel, found himself in the midst of a confused national situation. His kingdom was torn by internal strife. Slave hated master; master hated slave. People blamed the government, and government blamed the people. David looked about him and saw that every man thought himself perfect. Each individual placed blame upon other individuals. David knew that if sinful pride continued to increase, his nation would collapse spiritually. He knew that economic depression, moral disintegration, or military defeat inevitably follow spiritual decline. So David turned to God, and it was revealed to him by the Spirit of God that the spiritual tide of his nation could rise no higher than the spiritual level of his own heart. So he fell on his knees in utter humility and prayed, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24).

今日祷告

主啊,救我脱离骄傲的罪,在我进行今日当做的工时,求你用持续不息的谦卑充满我。

Prayer for the day

Lord, deliver me from the sin of pride, and fill me with continuing humility as I go about the tasks before me this day.