We all have to walk through disappointments in life sometimes. We are disappointed because something has a certain function (or someone has a role), but it failed spectacularly. It doesn’t function as it should; it doesn’t produce the result that it was designed to do. It is taking up the space yet it is causing more harm than good. Something needs to be done about it!

      Today, if you have something like that – what would you do about it? Our cultural mentality is “Junk it!” If it’s an object, people would say “it’s old, or flawed, throw it out and buy a new one!” If it’s a person (be it an employee or spouse), people would think “it’s not working out, get rid of him/her and find a new one”. If it’s an unattractive TV show (or unfortunately, a church ministry), people would say “let’s switch the channel, find a more interesting one.”

      Have you ever wondered what God in heaven would do? When He looks at this world – where sometimes it can be a bit of a disappointment? The quick answer might be “Let’s get rid of this world, and create a new heaven and new earth”. It’s partially correct, but we will be missing a big part that’s going on in between. In fact, the bulk of the Bible talks about this.

      In the next few weeks, we’ll focus on God’s righteousness and justice, mercy and salvation – both are richly flowing out of His Sovereignty – towards His rebellious servant.

      人生中我們都總是不免會有經歷失望的時候。我們失望是因為某些事物本來的功能(或某人本來扮演的角色)明顯地失去功效,沒有發揮應有的功能,也不能產生預期的效果;只是白佔地土,利多於弊,所以是時候要整頓一番!   

      今天,如果你面對類似的事情–你會怎麼做?現代的心態是「棄掉吧」!如果是物件,人們就會說「舊了,或者損壞了,將其扔掉再買新的吧」!如果是一個人(無論是僱員或是配偶),人們會認為「不適合,要擺脫他/她,要另找一個更好的罷了」。如果是一個缺乏趣味的電視節目(或者不幸是教會的事工),人們就會說「讓我們切換頻道,找一個更有趣味的吧」!

  你是否想知道天上的父神會做什麼?當祂看著這個世界時,會有令祂失望的時候嗎?直接了當的答案可能是「放棄這個世界,另外創造一個新天新地」。這是部份地正確;但實際上,我們會錯失其中的一大部份,正是聖經中多時談論的部份。

  在接下來的幾星期裏,我們將注目於神的公義和救贖 - 兩者都是從父神至高的主權中向着祂叛逆的僕人,豐豐富富地湧流出來。