Episode ThemeJustice Seeking. Being positive when things are negative
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
Have you ever had a really bad day? A day that starts out bad and then gets worse? Time for a quiz on Bible people who had really bad days.
Question 1: Who was whipped and beaten and then tossed into prison for healing a slave girl?
Question 2: Who was dragged outside a city's walls, had stones thrown at him, and was then left to die?
Question 3: Who was arrested and sent by ship to a far away city for trial. On the way, a two week storm came up and destroyed the ship.
How did you do? The answer to all the questions was Paul! The most miserable part is that all these miserable days happened after Paul became a Christian. So was Paul a miserable person because of all the bad things that happened to him?
Not at all. The night Paul spent in the prison (after being beaten), he was singing songs to God-and the other prisoners were listening to him. That night the jailer and his family met and believed in God because of Paul. The stoning? When the other Christians went to get Paul's body, they found he was just fine. God had protected him. The shipwreck? Paul used the storm and shipwreck to tell more people about God's power and His grace.
What about you? When you are having a miserable day, what do you do? Do your words and actions reflect your lousy day? Or do they reflect that you believe in God, no matter what? How can you become more like Paul on bad days? Talk to God. Tell Him what a bad day you are having. Then ask Him to help. God helped Paul. God will gladly be with you on the very worst of days! Just ask!