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God is Good - so we don't have to look for satisfaction elsewhere

I'm teaching in a few weeks about God's goodness so I've been thinking a lot about it. I'm reading 2 Corinthians right now and today read in chapters 11 and 12 where Paul talks about his hardships. Paul had incredible faith. Never once does he doubt God's goodness, and yet he saw more suffering in his lifetime than most people ever do. He says:
"23Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this.) I am more. 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. 25Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea, 26I have been constantly on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from Gentiles; in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger a…