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DESCENT OF THE DOVE 神的灵像鸽子降临

(2011-02-03 11:09:42)
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DESCENT OF THE DOVE

 

The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Genesis 1:2

 

 

The first journey recorded in Genesis is not a pilgrimage by our spiritual ancestors across rugged terrain in response to God’s calling. That kind of journey did occur at times, but the first journey recorded in Scripture is undertaken by God. The Spirit of God hovered over a world that was "formless and empty." The Spirit of God descended into the darkness that covered "the surface of the deep."

 

We shouldn’t find this journey surprising. Throughout the Bible we discover that God often had to step into the picture to bring order out of chaos and to shine light into dark places.

 

But we tend to forget that. Instead we think we can wrestle with the raw material of life and bring order out of anarchy. But we typically make a mess of things. We don’t have the wisdom or strength to shape the raw materials of life into something wondrous and beautiful.

 

God does, however. That’s why the first journey in Scripture is about God. God’s Spirit hovers over the world like a bird hovering over her nest, protecting and feeding her young (see Isaiah 31:5). And as the psalmist reminds us, God continues to send his Spirit to "renew the face of the earth" (Psalm 104:30). The Lord’s creative and sustaining energy nurtures us for faithful obedience in our own lives.

 

PRAYER

 

Lord, spread the wings of your Spirit and hover over our lives with your care and love. Bring order to our lives so that we may respond to you in trust and obedience. Amen.

 

创世记   1:1-5

February - 2

 

 

神的灵像鸽子降临

 

「神的灵运行在水面上。」 创1:2

 

 

创世记记载的第一个旅程,并不是我们的属灵祖先回应神呼召时走的崎岖路程。这一类旅程有时会出现,但圣经中第一个旅程的旅客却是神自己。神的灵在这个「空虚混沌」的世界运行,神的灵降临到这个被黑暗笼罩的「渊面」。

 

我们实在不应以这个旅程为奇;在整本圣经中,我们看到神经常需要插手干预,在混乱中恢复秩序和照亮黑暗的地方。

 

可惜我们总是忘记了这点。我们认为自己有能力与冷酷的生命搏斗,在混乱中恢复规律,但往往是弄得一团糟。我们缺乏智慧和力量,无法把冷酷的生命变为奇妙美丽。

 

然而神做得到,所以圣经中的第一个旅程是神的旅程。神的灵在地面翱翔,就像一只鸟在巢上面盘旋,保护和喂养雏鸟一样(以赛亚书31:5)。诗人亦提醒我们,神仍继续差祂的灵来「使地面更换为新」(诗篇104:30)。主以祂创造和保守的能力喂养我们,好叫我们能过着忠心顺服的生活。

 

祷告

 

主啊,求祢的圣灵展翅翱翔,以祢的看顾和慈爱在我们生命中运行;又帮助我们过有规律的生活,好叫我们能信靠顺服祢。阿们。

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