Trading my ashes for beauty….that He might be glorified.
Five Minute Friday: Danger
Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; II Corinthians 11:24-26
Paul knew about danger. These verses are not a detailed list of everything he experienced but a recalling of much that the apostle had suffered. The many times he had been in perils. Or dangers. True danger and, no doubt, nothing to which I could completely relate. I will admit, there are a couple of times when I have genuinely felt in danger. In real free for my safety. Without trying to sound dramatic, I can say that in each of these incidences, God supernaturally intervened and protected.
In the above passage, Paul did not list these times and events he had endured in order to seek pity, because he was angry, or even to display his bravado. No, he wanted to give God the glory. And, while I don’t think to compare myself to Paul in any way, I do know, love, and serve the same Savior. The same Lord who not only strengthened Paul (enabling him to endure) but also encouraged him promises to do the same for me. No matter what I face. No matter what threatens to overwhelm me. Whatever keeps my soul anxious or robs my peace. Christ will give me courage. He will strengthen me and calm me. Yes, sometimes (perhaps more often than I know) He even physically protects me.
And, like Paul, I give Him all the glory. Just some simple, five-minute thoughts today on the prompt “danger.” I pray you have a blessed weekend. Thank you to all who left such nice comments about the new blog look. I think I will keep it this way for a while 🙂
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