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生命失去了目标,就会带来麻烦。

We Need Goals

撒母耳记下 11,12

生命失去了目标,就会带来麻烦。 大卫有事要做——当时正值列王出战之际,所以大卫派出军队,但他自己却未出征。经上说,他在傍晚起来,在王宫的平顶上散步。他为什么在傍晚起来?也许是下午睡了很久,而现在则漫无目的地在平顶上徘徊。这显然是一个没有目的、处于危险中的人——游手好闲正是撒旦的工具。

圣经说,神不喜欢混乱“因为 神不是叫人混乱,乃是叫人安静。”(哥林多前书14:33)神做每件事都有清晰的目的。大卫当时没有按神造他的样式行。他看到了一个妇女,便执意犯下了无耻的罪行。那些不是无法辨别罪的“灰色地带”,大卫是故意犯了奸淫罪。他想要掩盖自己的罪行,于是犯下了谋杀。最终,当那个女人的丈夫死后,他娶了那个女人——拔示巴为妻。唯一可以形容其行为的词就是“罪恶”。

为什么他要这么做?是因为孤单吗?不!大卫当时至少已经有了3个妻子。他也不缺少金钱、权力或影响力。他这么做,是因为他失去了方向和目的。方向和目的帮助我们关注于大目标,如果缺少了方向和目的,我们就只为当下而活——与动物无异。但这就是大卫当时所做的,他看到了一个女人,并且与她同房。

关于大卫的这一章节令我不寒而栗。

我想到牵涉其中的仆人,他们会怎么想他们伟大的王——神的受膏者?这会对他们的信心造成怎样的影响?
我想到乌利亚,他是多么高尚的一个人啊!他拒绝回家与妻子同寝,因为神的军队正在田野安营。大卫应当立刻想到:为什么我没有在田野?
我肯定拔示巴的邻居和其他仆人都知道所发生的事。他们也许和乌利亚打招呼、交谈时,就像什么都没发生过。这对他们的信心会造成怎样的影响?
我想到大卫是如何让乌利亚回到约押那里,让其自己执行了对自己的“死刑”。这简直太无耻了!
我想到大卫在听到乌利亚的死讯后,是如何“鼓励”约押的“王向使者说:“你告诉约押说:‘不要因这事愁闷,刀剑或吞灭这人或吞灭那人,没有一定的,你只管竭力攻城,将城倾覆。’可以用这话勉励约押。”(撒下11:25)
我想到在大卫所有的罪行后,他仍娶了拔示巴为妻。

但最令我畏惧的,是神对大卫所说的话。神说大卫“藐视”他,并且说了两次:“你为什么藐视耶和华的命令,行他眼中看为恶的事呢?你借亚扪人的刀杀害赫人乌利亚,又娶了他的妻为妻。你既藐视我,娶了赫人乌利亚的妻为妻,所以刀剑必永不离开你的家。’”(撒下12:9-10)哇!想像一下,你的老板把你叫进办公室说:“我知道你恨我”。还有什么比神对你说同样的话更遭的事呢?!为什么神说大卫藐视他?请看第十二章14节:大卫使神的仇敌大得亵渎神的机会。大卫让神“丢脸”了。但这并不是简单的人的羞辱,如果人们失去对神的信心,那么他们将在罪中死去——这是神所不愿意的。这一切都是因为大卫失去了目标。

你怎么样?有目标吗?如果没有目标,那么你也正在向麻烦迈进。这儿有一个分辨的方式:你早晨起床有困难吗?大卫就有。有一次我不想起床,于是祷告神用我的目标提醒我...几分钟后,我看到了以上大卫的故事。喔!是谁说现今神已不再和我们说话?!

我们被造为神做工。圣经说,基督徒“行善,就是 神所预备叫我们行的”(以弗所书2:10)。神要你做的是什么?那就去做吧!寻求神在你生命中的做为,并且做神想要你做的事。也许你不知道,那就求问神,然后全心全意去做任何临到你的事。

We Need Goals

Read 2 Samuel 11,12

Life without purpose leads to trouble. David had work to do. It was the time for the kings to go out to war, so David sent out the army, but he stayed at home. It says he got up in the evening and walked about on the roof. Why did he get up in the evening? Perhaps he had been sleeping in the afternoon, and now he wandered aimlessly on the roof. This is clearly a man without purpose; a man in a dangerous situation. Idle hands are the devil’s tools.

The Bible says that God dislikes confusion (1 Cor 14:33.) Everything He does is with purpose. David was not walking the way that God had made him. David sees a woman and then knowingly walks down a path of blatant blatant blatant  sin. These are not “grey area” sins where it is difficult to decide. David willingly commits adultery. He tries to cover up. He commits cold-blooded murder. And finally, when her husband is dead, he takes Bathsheba as his own wife. The only word to describe this: wicked.

Why did he do this? Was he lonely? No, David had at least 3 wives already. He did not lack money or power or influence. He did this because he had lost direction and purpose. Direction and purpose keep us focused on big goals. Without that we will only live for the here and now – just as animals do. That is what David did. He saw a woman and took her.

This chapter of David’s life sends shivers down my spine.

  • I think of the servants involved. What did they think of their great God-anointed king? How did it affect their faith?
  • I think of Uriah. What a noble man! He refused to go home to his wife while God’s armies were sleeping out in the field. Immediately David should have thought: Why am I not out in the field?
  • I am sure Bathsheba’s neighbours and other servants knew what had been happening. They probably greeted and spoke with Uriah as if nothing was wrong. What did that do to their faith?
  • I think of how David let Uriah carry his own death warrant back to Joab. That was so disgusting!
  • I think of how David “encouraged” Joab after he heard that Uriah was dead (2 Samuel 11:25.)
  • I think of how after all his sins, David still took Bathsheba as his wife.

What scares me the most though is what God said to him. God said that David “despised” Him. He said it twice (12:9,10.) Wow! Imagine your boss called you into his office and said, “I know you hate me.” How much worse if God says that to you? Why did God say David despised him? Look at 12:14; David caused God's enemies to blaspheme His Name. David caused God to "lose face." But this is not a simple human embarrasment, if people lose faith in God, they die in their sins - something God does not want. How often have Christians done this! All this happened because David lost focus.

How are you doing? Do you have a purpose? If you are not you too are headed for trouble. Here is one way to tell: Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning?  David did. At one time it was hard for me to get out of bed. I  prayed that God would remind me of my purpose… and a few minutes later I found the above story about David. Wow! (And who says God doesn’t speak to us today?)

We are made to work for God. The Bible says that Christians are “created in Christ Jesus for good works” (Ephesians 2:10.) What does God have for you to do? Just do it. Look for God’s hand in your life and do what He wants you to. Perhaps you don’t know, then ask Him and then do whatever comes to you with all your heart.

by 德明; Chinese by Gadfly

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