Will You Shine, Whine, Or Recline?
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
I have read that many people have a tendency to shine, whine, and recline. It reminds me of the whiny old man whose shoes were too tight. The salesman told him to try them with the tongue out. He stuck his tongue out and said, "There still too tight!" That pretty well sums up many in our generation. Paul had much he could gloat about. But he had a permanent problem that knocked the glitter off his resume.
There are three basic problems in life that are common to everyone. They are sickness, suffering, and sorrow. You may temporarily escape one or even two of these, but you will never escape all three.
Paul had a problem that was unrelenting in its pressure. It is one thing to have a physical problem with the hope of getting well. It is another thing to know you will have to live with it for the rest of your life.
When I was in Pascagoula, I duck hunted with Bobby Mathieu. I was complaining one morning about arthritis. Bobby, who was older said, "Preacher, it's not going to get any better!" Of course, he was right. I will have to live with it as long as I live.
-We just have some maladies, whether physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional that exerts unrelenting pressure on us. We would love to get some relief.
Paul had a problem that was unanswered by prayer. He prayed three times in this text for it to be removed. However, God did not remove it. Have you ever prayed, prayed, and prayed some more, and still got no relief?
1. THE RATIONALE FOR PAUL'S EXALTATION
Junior Hill gave the following points at the Mississippi Baptist Pastor's Conference.
1. He had desirable preparation.
He studied under Gamaliel. He was a highly regarded Pharisee who was a member of the Sanhedrin. He squelched a plan by the Sanhedrin to kill the apostles by telling them that they might be opposing God. If the work of the apostles was a human work, it would not last.
-Paul had a good Heb ...
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