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Paul’s Purposeful Praises

Many of us struggle, whether from health issues, emotional issues or mental issues. Some of us struggle with addictions and some with issues of being persecuted by family and strangers. And one of the ways we cope is by telling ourselves, “God doesn’t give me more than I can handle.”

Let me say that again, “God doesn’t give me more than I can handle.” Hmm, what a nice thought, however, it is biblically inaccurate. I am not saying that God doesn’t love you. Or that He doesn’t move supernaturally to help you, all I am saying is the statement above is inaccurate.

Many people from the Bible have had much more than they could handle on their own. People like Job and Paul. There where even times in the life of David, Daniel and Joseph that were filled with struggles. How about the lady that bled for 12 year and spend all her money on physicians, who at the passing of Jesus was delivered from her hopelessness. All of these people are prime examples of this saying being untrue. God loved all of these people.

I love what Paul tells Timothy when he says, “My persecutions and sufferings that happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra—which persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me.”
(2 Timothy 3:11)

I want to refer you to another chapter in scripture that illuminates Paul’s struggles. In Acts 14 while at Iconium and Antioch Paul was mistreated but escaped right before being stoned. (vs. 5) And if that was not enough the people from Antioch and Iconium followed Paul to Lystra and poisoned the Lystrian’s minds about Paul so much so that they stoned him and left him for dead.

People die from being stoned. Stephen died, the guy who cursed his parents from the Leviticus 24:23 died and the guy who was caught picking up sticks on the Sabbath from Numbers 15 also died. Yet Paul miraculously lived. He lived because he was divinely rescued.

I know that there are times (maybe you are in the midst of one right now) where your struggles seem to be bringing you to an end, lean into God. Wait on God. Isaiah 40:31 tells us that those who wait on the LORD will renew their strength.

David penned in Psalm 18 after being rescued from King Saul, ” The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalms 18:2

So now when we read pieces of scripture where Paul is boasting about his struggles like in 2 Corinthians 11. We can understand his joy or where his joy comes from. Like he states above it comes from his Rescuer.

I struggle with waiting, Abraham struggled with waiting. Job struggled with waiting. Loads of people struggle with waiting, but if we wait on the LORD he will renew our strength.

Prayer

ABBA, Father help me in my struggles. Your Word tells us that if we ask for wisdom, you will give it. So LORD please give me wisdom and patience to wait on you. I need you!

In Jesus Name, Amen

I am not a Back-handed Honor Seeker, or am I

I think for the most part all of us in one way or another desire to be honored. We want our spouses to honor us, our children, our families, we even want co-workers and strangers to show us honor.

To seek honor is a good thing; it is a wise thing. Solomon penned in Proverbs 3 that the wise inherit honor whereas the fool disgrace. However, there are people (and if I am honest I have drunk from that man-made cistern) that put receiving honor above other people and relationships. To make this a bit easier to digest, some people make success in receiving honor more important than actually being honorable.

Let me ask you a question; Do you believe that while being wise you can be completely foolish about things you yearn for? I think that for the most part, we are all good-willed people, none of us truly seek out being evil. That being said, how is it that we allow ourselves to become so blinded by our fleshly desires?

This posting is about a man (or us) in the Bible that did just that. He wasn’t super-evil he just allowed his quest for honor and power to unravel him. His name is Haman and we can find him in the book of Esther. Haman was wise and hard working. We know this because King Ahasuerus promoted him above all the other nobles in his court (3:1). The King trusted Haman in making decisions concerning his Kingdom (3:9-11). The King also sought counsel from Haman concerning everyday things; like giving honor where honor was due (6:6-9).

Haman himself even loved to boast about his stature in the Kingdom to his wife and friends (5:11-12). But all of this honor wasn’t enough for him, he wanted more. All the honor that the king, the queen, the governors, and the other officials gave him just wasn’t enough. Everyone in the kingdom was showing him honor but one person. ( on a side note this was a big kingdom, it stretched from India to Ethiopia, and contained 127 provinces)

Haman allowed this one person who refused to bow down to him to effect his own decision making. He allowed one small thing to fester which ultimately showed his foolishness and brought death. But even worse than death Haman’s disgraceful story would be told and read for all of eternity because God’s word is eternal.

So back up to what Solomon wrote: the wise inherit honor whereas the fool disgrace. I can sympathize with Haman because I have been him. From time to time I have said that the honor or the privileges that the King of King’s has set before me are not enough. I have been foolish. LORD change me!

Prayer:

LORD, thank you for revealing these things to me and thank you for sending your son to me. Please continue to change me, to transform me into a likeness like your own.

In Jesus Name, Amen.