Ask Not Why, But How…

These days I was very touched by the news and photos after the China earthquake. I remembered we prayed together as a church for China in our Wednesday prayer meeting. I used Ps 46:1-3 as the text for my message.

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; Though its waters roar and foam, Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. 神是我們的避難所,是我們的力量,是我們在患難中隨時的幫助。所以,地雖改變,山雖搖動到海心,其中的水雖匉訇翻騰,山雖因海漲而戰抖,我們也不害怕。(Ps 46:1-3)

Mountain will quake and disappear in seconds, as in this earthquake in Sichuan. But our God and His help is secure and sure, and He is ready to be the shelter for those who seeks Him. He is ready to help. We are in trouble because we don’t seek this very present help.

Somehow the Holy Spirit prompted me to pray "it is not a time to ask why, but a time to seek how". True, when disaster strikes, people would start to ask why God allows this to happen, and question His goodness and power, etc. These are all legitimate questions, but this is not the right time to ask these.

Rather, this is a time to pray that how we could exercise our Christian love, weep with those who weep, and contribute to the needs of the saints.

Then I received this email devotional two days later, which is very well written, and I want to share.

 

不問為何,只問如何

  一場地震,震碎了奧運的歡欣,也震破了無數的家庭的美夢。

  看到溫家寶總理緊握著孤女的手,竭盡所能的說出安慰的話,卻不能止住女孩的哭泣。那一刻,除了動容,我能感到他的無奈。縱能掌握全國億萬資源、最高權力,卻不能撫平一個稚女心中的苦痛。他能叫千萬軍隊拼死向前,卻不能命令無助雙眼收回叫他心碎的眼淚。

  強者的無能處,越發使人神傷。

  又看到軍隊以血肉之軀,突破蜀道天險,徒步九十公里進入災區,為的是早一刻搶救被埋的人。還有那些冒死搶救別人的勇者事蹟,使每一個人都肅然起敬。然而人性的光輝,掩不了悽苦的哭聲、每一刻生命流失的哀號。

  強壯的勇士,救不了疲弱的生命。

  生死之事,又豈是權勢和勇力可以控制的。

  有孕婦和母親被救出來,拯救者歡呼慶祝,背後卻傳來啕哭之聲,因為她的家翁仍未救出來。拯救者默然……

  生與死之間,又是誰能主宰呢?

  或許你對這些事有其他看法、有更多的感受、更深的領會,但很多人總會問句:「為甚麼呢?為何神會讓這些事發生呢?」然後是一連串永不止息的討論。我這個普通的信徒,恐怕永遠也不會明白苦難的原因,但我卻感受到神在這事上的傷心,千萬於你我之上。我們不一定認識這些受害人,仍感到心情沉重;想到認識每一個人的神,面對如此巨大的傷痛,實在是我不敢想像的。

  蒼天同哭,神也在同哭。

  大能者可以把苦痛除去,但卻選擇去承受;可以去拯救,卻選擇自限;可以決定生死,卻接受死亡,為的是甚麼?

  或許其中一個答案仍是回到聖經中:「哀慟的人有福了,因為他們必得安慰。」誰來安慰他們呢?「憐恤人的人有福了,因為他們必蒙憐恤。」聖經是否早已預告,這份責任,已經放在你我的肩膀上呢?

  不問為何,只問如何。

  讓我們為受苦的人禱告,求神赦免他們的罪,接納他們的生命;也求神讓我們明白當作的事。

  「你手若有行善的力量,不可推辭,就當向那應得的人施行。」(箴言3:27)

不知所言的同行者
黃偉

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3 Responses to Ask Not Why, But How…

  1. Pastor says:

    Greetings, my friend,
    God is so good! This is another day that the Lord has made, we should be glad and rejoice in it! Just out visiting and thought I’d stop by and say hello! Pray all is well with you and yours.
    In <Christ>< Pastor Winston

  2. Jenny says:

    Yes Leo, "it is not a time to ask why, but a time to seek how", I agree with you.

  3. Jenny says:

    And remember that God is good.

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