Murphy’s Law in the Bible
Murphy’s law is an adage or epigram that is typically stated as:
I found this great site that told me more
than I have ever heard or read about Murphy’s Law.
Here is an excerpt:
The Way It Goes Sometimes… Murphy’s Laws
- Murphy’s Law
- If anything can go wrong — it will.
- Quantized Revision of Murphy’s Law
- Everything goes wrong all at once.
- Murphy’s Constant
- Matter will be damaged in direct proportion to its value.
- The Murphy Philosophy
- Smile… tomorrow will be worse.
- Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.
- If anything can’t go wrong, it will anyway.
- If you perceive that there are four possible ways in which something can go wrong, and circumvent these, then a fifth way, unprepared for, will promptly develop.
- If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously overlooked something.
- Everything takes longer than you think.
- Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.
Think You Have it Bad?
Most of us have it pretty good, don’t you think? But, sometimes we think we are the worst case, or we’ve never been given the right opportunities, or Murphy’s Law applies to us each day. I have even felt sorry for myself because of hard times or tough situations in my life. But at other times when I read about the person who lost a foot to a shark, or hear about the houses that were destroyed by a storm, I consider myself fortunate and blessed.
Think you have it bad? Compare yourself to Apostle Paul!
Murphy’s Law in the Bible
I know you can’t equate Murphy with God’s will or God’s providence. Murphy
is almost like fate – what will be will be. But the Apostle Paul had a good
life until he embraced Jesus Christ. It wasn’t Politically Correct to be a Jew
who believed in Jesus, much less tell people you encountered Him on the
Damascus road. Paul had a great education in all things Jewish. He was
a free born Roman citizen. He was probably a man of status, because he
got the job of being a Jewish Bounty Hunter bringing in all the Christians
for trial and persecution or death.
But, after he chose to be a follower of Christ it looks like everything went
wrong. From his own writings we can read that he had it rough, being
beaten, stoned, in ship wrecks, etc. It is quite a story. But his hope in
Christ kept him going, despite his friends who may have said that it
was Murphy’s Law.
Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. 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; 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; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches. 2 Corinthians 11:23-28