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2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10 ~ It’s Opposite Day!

on November 5, 2012

Do you remember “Opposite Day” from elementary school?  “I hate you…(dramatic pause)…it’s Opposite Day!”  That’s how Paul addresses the area of boasting in these verses.

We are taught to boast in our strengths and hide our weaknesses.  We boast when our children do something great, in our church growth and programming, our weight loss success, our education or career triumphs.  As is most things about God, Paul is stating that we should desire the opposite.  We should boast in our weakness, not in our accolades and accomplishments.  Paul actual said that boasting in our strengths is fleshly and foolish.  Boasting in ourselves leads to conceit–it steals God’s glory for ourselves.

God would not allow that in Paul’s life.  Paul had so much potential in pointing people to Christ, in building and strengthening the church that God allowed something negative into his life to keep him humble and dependent on God.  When we are humble and dependent on God, we see all strength and achievements as His power in us–then our boast is in Him!

Three times Paul stated, “I will boast only in my weakness.” In 12:9 we see two purposes for his desire to boast in weakness: 1) To display God’s surpassing grace. 2) To experience the power of Christ in his life.

Paul went on to say he wasn’t just boasting, but he was CONTENT in weakness, insults, hardships, persecution, and calamity (such as beatings, getting stoned, shipwrecked, sleepless nights, hunger, thirst, no food, cold and exposure, being on the lam).  How could he be content in that kind of life?  God’s grace and power in our circumstances is a special experience!

So when I am feeling weak, in danger, in difficult hardships I want to remember what God told Paul, “MY GRACE IS ALL YOU NEED.”  Believing that will give me contentment no matter my circumstances!  Then I will be able to boast in the Lord and His goodness to me.

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