[今日經文 Today’s Reading: 哥林多後書 2 Corinthians 1-4]
保羅為了福音而經歷了許多患難，但他並沒有喪膽。相反，他每次反彈時都會變得更加強大，因為在他裡面有一”寶貝”：上帝”莫大的能力”！這是保羅儘管遇到許多的障礙仍能繼續前進的秘訣。就像兒童的不倒翁玩具在被擊倒後總是能反彈因為底部很重，同樣我們基督徒也應該“反彈”, 因有上帝”莫大的能力”為底部。是的，“我們處處受困”（被擊倒），“卻不被捆住”（反彈），“困惑”（被擊倒），“但沒有被絕望”（反彈），“遭受迫害” （被擊倒），“卻不被撇棄（反彈），“擊倒在地”（被擊倒），“卻不致滅亡”（反彈）。
Paul experienced many hardships for the sake of the Gospel yet did not lose heart. Instead, he bounced back every time even stronger, because in him was a treasure: the surpassing power of God! This was the secret of Paul’s ability to keep on going in spite of mounting obstacles. Just like a children’s tumbler toy always bounces back due to a weighted base, we as Christians should “bounce back”. Yes, “we are afflicted in every way” (pushed down), “but not crushed” (we bounce back), “perplexed” (pushed down), “but not driven to despair” (we bounce back), “persecuted” (pushed down), “but not forsaken” (we bounce back), “struck down” (pushed down), “but not destroyed” (we bounce back).
Let every incident of suffering or being pushed down cause us to die with Jesus, so that the surpassing power of God can help us to bounce back to manifest the life of Jesus in our bodies.
Yes, on the year of 2022 I went to ER seven times stayed in the hospital for 17 days, it seems I was pushed down many times but by the surpassing power of God, I was able to bounce back. Let us be a spiritual tumbler that always “bounce back”!
Prayer: Dear God, may Your surpassing power help us to bounce back from current suffering and difficulties “so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.”, In Jesus’s name, Amen.