2 Corinthians 11:25 “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;”
2 Corinthians 11:26 “[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;”
God spoke to Apostle Paul, and he got an understanding of his purpose, and this led to his doggedness.
Galatians 1:15 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called [me] by his grace,”
Galatians 1:16 “To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:”
Once the purpose issue was handled, Paul never looked back. His purpose provided the required tonic needed to weather every storm on the way to fulfilling it.
I remember once reading about some dogs in a dog race. The strategy for the race is to attach a rabbit to an electrical motor which runs just ahead of the dogs. All the dogs do is to chase the rabbit till a winner emerge. As long as the dogs keeps seeing the rabbit the race continues.
On a particular day, as the race was on the motor controlling the “bait rabbit” developed an electrical fault and the rabbit exploded. Suddenly there was no more bait rabbit and the dogs stopped racing. Some ran into the crowd, others laid on the track while some started fighting themselves. The bait rabbit was the purpose for the race.
Same goes for man. Give a man a compelling purpose and he will never stop running.
1 Corinthians 9:24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”
To be continued…
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