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For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: – 2nd Corinthians 1:8

There is a bigger story just below the surface in Paul’s message of God’s comfort in stress!

When Paul first started his missionary journey God specifically told him NOT to go to Asia (Acts 16:6)! But eventually he went there anyway and mentions in several of his letters the personal stress and grief from Asia (2nd Timothy 1:15). Hindsight is 20/20 but this wasn’t the only time he pushed when the Holy Spirit said wait. (Acts 20:22-24, Acts 21:4).

It seems to be his way, is it ours? Should it be?

Paul was goal oriented; once set there was little stopping him. His heart was in the right place but his obedience was not always there.

Three (3) things this shows us:

  1. God’s guidance is for our benefit and we should listen more closely.
  2. Even deeply spiritual people have flaws and don’t always listen, bringing them personal grief which could have been avoided.
  3. God uses even our mis-steps to further his kingdom, to use us mightily, to grow us spiritually, and through it all his love comforts.

– fritz@langgang.com
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1 – Better Guidance: April 21, 2011

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“[O]ffer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God …. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” – Romans 12:1a, 2a

I enjoy TV shows like “This Old House”. They start out with a damaged, worn down, obsolete house then , piece by piece and with the help of the owner, transform it into something valuable.   Still recognizable on the outside, the inside has become very livable.

God does something similar with our bodies.

We start out in sad shape, full of sin and strife, hangups and phobias, broken relationships – you name it.   God purchases us 1 and begins piece by piece to transform us, with our cooperation, into something valuable.

We are usually still recognizable on the outside, but the inside becomes very livable for both him and us.

– fritz
1 – Acts 20:28

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