What a reminder. Whenever life seems unmanageable or unsavory, God reminds us that our struggles and trials are not unique. We are to submit and move forward no matter how we feel. As we move forward, God shows up and we are able to point at the way he brought us through that day. We do not point at ourselves and our spirituality achieved through adversity, we point to him and take life one day at a time. Our Adversity was never intended to be a badge of honor, instead it is simply used to mold and complete us. In that, we can be excited because we know he will provide a way. Help me, Lord to follow and honor you—but not grow proud in adversity.
God Bless You
Whatever anyone else dares to boast about—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast about. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they Abraham’s descendants? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24 Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I do not feel weak? Who is led into sin, and I do not inwardly burn?