By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: June 12, 2017
From Series: Lemonade
2 Corinthians 11:24-27, “Five different times the Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked. Once I spent a whole night and a day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys. I have faced danger from rivers and from robbers. I have faced danger from my own people, the Jews, as well as from the Gentiles. I have faced danger in the cities, in the deserts, and on the seas. And I have faced danger from men who claim to be believers but are not. I have worked hard and long, enduring many sleepless nights. I have been hungry and thirsty and have often gone without food. I have shivered in the cold, without enough clothing to keep me warm.”
It’s the age-old question: “How could a loving God He allow bad things to happen to good people?” Paul had every reason to ask this, yet he didn’t, despite his hardships. He knew God loved him, and he trusted the Lord’s plan and purpose for his life.
There’s a lot we can learn from the life of Paul. He always knew his disappointments could actually become Divine appointments. He may not have always understood what God was doing, but he had faith that it would be to his benefit. Likewise, we won’t always understand what’s happening to us, but we can be certain that God loves us and has our best interest in mind. No matter the situation, if we are living according to God’s plan, He will turn our lemons into lemonade!
Father God, thank You for loving me and having my best interest in mind. I may not understand everything that comes my way, but I know You are faithful and will work all things according to my good.
Read more about the life of Paul by reading Acts 9:1-31.
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