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2 Corinthians 11

2 Corinthians 11 – A Real Bad Day

“Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death.Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers;  in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.” 2 Corinthians 11:23-27

Are you having a bad day? I mean a really bad day?

Perhaps you should consider third world countries where people live in gross poverty. Many of these people have no provision for food, much less running water. These poor people suffer from untreated diseases while others die from lethal viruses.

Or, perhaps you should consider those who are being persecuted all over the world because of their Christian faith. Many are forced into slavery while others are violated. Some are beaten and lashed, while others are martyred. Why? All because they refuse to deny the name of Jesus.

Consider Paul, an incredible example of perseverance. Despite the uncanny persecution mentioned in 2 Corinthians 11, he dared not be detoured until his mission in this world was complete.

 

CHALLENGE

The facts are that many of us face “first world” problems. The truth is, outside of our Wal-Mart and McDonald’s ridden country; life is good. Yes, life is good my friend. Food and warm water are readily available. Electricity and natural resources are at your fingertips. Stores are located on almost every corner. As I said before, life is good. Count your blessings and look at life with a positive perspective. After all, you could be like Paul in a remote country, being lashed or stoned! Take a moment of thanksgiving and consider God in all the small but amazing provisions He has given you.

RPF