Breaking News: The Apostle Paul Blames Shipwreck on God

November 30, 2010 — Leave a comment

Steve Johnson is on my Fantasy Football team, so I was upset that he dropped the ball at the end of the Bills/Steelers’ game on Sunday.

The Bills outscored the Steelers 16-3 in the 2nd half and were set to force an overtime when Steve Johnson dropped a wide-open pass in the end zone.

The Steelers went on to win and Steve Johnson went on to make the granddaddy of all foolish tweets after the game.

Johnson didn’t take responsibility for dropping a sure touchdown; no, he blamed God.

In a tweet (Twitter communication) he wrote:

“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…,”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2010/11/29/buffalo-bills-wide-receiver-blames-dropped-pass-god/#ixzz16nnmLWoD

I couldn’t help but think of the Apostle Paul.

The Apostle Paul was a pretty faithful man of God (sarcasm alert!) and he had some pretty bad days too.

2 Corinthians 11:23-28

I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. 24Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26 I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my fellow Jews, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea; and in danger from false believers. 27 I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. 28 Besides everything else, I face daily the pressure of my concern for all the churches.

In the next chapter he finished his thoughts on suffering and the “thorn” that he dealt with by saying:

2 Corinthians 12:9,10

Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Notice that Paul–in reaction to his “dropped passes”–didn’t say…

“I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO…,”

I want to be like Paul as I face trials in this life.

I don’t know Steve Johnson and I hope that his faith wasn’t eternally shaken by one dropped ball–and ruining my chances of Fantasy Football victory–but I have to say–I don’t want to be like Steve Johnson, because I think he really dropped the ball.

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