每日灵修 9/11/2019    成功的考验

6那时,约瑟治理埃及,负责卖粮。约瑟的哥哥们来到他面前,向他俯伏下拜。 7约瑟一眼就认出了他们,却不动声色。他疾言厉色地问道:“你们从哪里来?”他们回答说:“我们是从迦南来买粮食的。” 8约瑟认得他哥哥们,但他哥哥们却认不出他来。 9约瑟想起了自己从前做的两个梦,就对他们说:“你们是奸细,是来探听我们虚实的!” 10他们说:“我主啊,不是的!仆人们是来买粮的。 11仆人们都是弟兄,是诚实人,不是奸细。” 12 约瑟说:“不对,你们是来探听我们虚实的。” 13他们说:“仆人们共有弟兄十二人,父亲住在迦南,最年幼的弟弟留在父亲身边,还有一个已经去世。” 14约瑟说:“我说你们是奸细一点不错。 15我以法老的性命起誓,你们最小的弟弟不来这里,你们都不能走,这是对你们的验证。 16你们派一个人回去把你们的弟弟带来,其他人都要被囚禁在这里,我要看看你们说的是真还是假。要是你们说的是假话,我以法老的性命起誓,你们一定是奸细。” 17于是,约瑟把他们囚禁了三天。创世纪 42:6-17

6Now Joseph was governor over the land; it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground. 7When Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he treated them like strangers and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he said. They said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” 8Although Joseph had recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him. 9Joseph also remembered the dreams that he had dreamed about them. He said to them, “You are spies; you have come to see the nakedness of the land!” 10They said to him, “No, my lord; your servants have come to buy food. 11We are all sons of one man; we are honest men; your servants have never been spies.” 12But he said to them, “No, you have come to see the nakedness of the land!” 13They said, “We, your servants, are twelve brothers, the sons of a certain man in the land of Canaan; the youngest, however, is now with our father, and one is no more.” 14But Joseph said to them, “It is just as I have said to you; you are spies! 15Here is how you shall be tested: as Pharaoh lives, you shall not leave this place unless your youngest brother comes here! 16Let one of you go and bring your brother, while the rest of you remain in prison, in order that your words may be tested, whether there is truth in you; or else, as Pharaoh lives, surely you are spies.” 17And he put them all together in prison for three days. Genesis 42:6-17

因为耶和华上帝与约瑟同在, 赐给他智慧, 让他成功地给法老解梦。约瑟一日登天, 从阶下囚变成了埃及的宰相。

因为饥荒, 约瑟的哥哥们来到埃及买粮食。 “约瑟认得他哥哥们,但他哥哥们却认不出他来。 约瑟想起了自己从前做的两个梦”。 在那两个梦里, 他的哥哥们向他匍匐跪拜。 现在, 这个梦想真的可以变成现实。 约瑟大权在握。 他可以立即实行报复, 把他的哥哥们打入牢狱。他也可以选择饶恕, 与他的哥哥们和解。 约瑟如何选择? 这就是耶和华上帝对约瑟的考验。

按照世俗的标准, 约瑟此时的确功成名就。 但是, 在耶和华上帝的眼里, 他离真正的成功还很遥远。

有很多人经不起成功的考验。 当他拥有权势的时候, 就变成了另外一个人。 他的灵魂随着地位的高升而堕落。也许, 外在的成功让一个人的本色和本相赤裸裸地,肆无忌惮的暴露了出来。

属灵的操练: 想象你高高在上, 有权有势, 功成名就。

你会怎样对待那些得罪过伤害过你的人? 那些反对和歧视过你的人? 你会报复吗?

你会怎样对待你父母,妻子/丈夫,  兄弟姊妹, 亲人朋友? 你会嫌弃他们吗?

你会怎样对待处在社会底层和边缘的人,还有那些没有像你一样 “成功”的人? 你会鄙视他们吗?

祷告:上帝啊,祢看成功不像世人。求祢帮助我们抵挡权势和成功的诱惑,抵挡邪情私欲的诱惑。 愿我们不管在山巅还是深谷, 都能看到并且追求祢的仁慈和公义, 祢的信实和美善。阿门。

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