1月16日竭誠為主

116 神本性的呼聲

我又聽見主的聲音,說,我可以差遣誰呢?(賽六8

說到神的呼召,我們很容易忘記一件最重要的事:就是呼召者的本性。海有海的呼聲,山有山的呼聲,冰山有冰山的呼聲;這些呼聲只有少數人聽見。呼聲是事物本性的一種表現,必須有同樣的性情才能接收那呼聲。神的呼召是神本性的流露,而不是我們的。神的呼聲中,有好些綫路是預定給我們用的,所以我們才認得那聲音。神的聲音透過那綫路來呼召我們,別人是呼不出來的。在某些特別的事上,與人磋商斟酌是無濟于事,我們必須保持與神的密切關係。

神的呼召不是我們本性的反響;我的喜好傾向于個性,也渺不相涉。如果只一直注視自己的個性,想看自己到底適合做什麽,那將永遠聽不見神的呼召。但當我與神深交,就落在以賽亞的情景裏了。以賽亞的心靈因經歷了重大的事件,與神密切貼近,他驚异的心靈就錄下了神呼喚的聲音。我們多半只用耳朵聽自己,神所說的,一點也聽不進去。我們若一旦進入神呼召的音城裏,必然徹底改變。

祈禱讓我聽見你的聲音”——這是我的祈禱。我極其盼望去聆聽你、去感覺你,被你的同在所震撼。


January 16 The Voice Of The
Nature Of GOD

“I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send?” Isaiah 6:8

When we speak of the call of
God, we are apt to forget the most important feature, viz., the nature of the
One Who calls. There is the call of the sea, the call of the mountains, the
call of the great ice barriers, but these calls are only heard by the few. The
call is the expression of the nature from which it comes, and we can only
record the call if the same nature is in us. The call of God is the expression
of God’s nature, not of our nature. There are strands of the call of God
providentially at work for us which we recognize and no one else does. It is
the threading of God’s voice to us in some particular matter, and it is no use
consulting anyone else about it. We have to keep that profound relationship
between our souls and God.

The call of God is not the
echo of my nature; my affinities and personal temperament are not considered.
As long as I consider my personal temperament and think about what I am fitted
for, I shall never hear the call of God. But when I am brought into
relationship with God, I am in the condition Isaiah was in. Isaiah’s soul was
so attuned to God by the tremendous crisis he had gone through that he recorded
the call of God to his amazed soul. The majority of us have no ear for anything
but ourselves, we cannot hear a thing God says. To be brought into the zone of
the call of God is to be profoundly altered.

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