November 25 – 2 Corinthians 11:21-29
It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
2 Corinthians 11:21-29
21 To my shame, I must say, we were too weak for that!
But whatever anyone else dares to boast of—I am speaking as a fool—I also dare to boast of that. 22 Are they Hebrews? So am I. Are they Israelites? So am I. Are they offspring of Abraham? So am I. 23 Are they servants of Christ? I am a better one—I am talking like a madman—with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. 24 Five times I received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. 25 Three times I was beaten with rods. Once I was stoned. Three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I was adrift at sea; 26 on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, danger from robbers, danger from my own people, danger from Gentiles, danger in the city, danger in the wilderness, danger at sea, danger from false brothers; 27 in toil and hardship, through many a sleepless night, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure. 28 And, apart from other things, there is the daily pressure on me of my anxiety for all the churches. 29 Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to fall, and I am not indignant?
Still Not About Me | Marianne Toovey
2 Corinthians 11:21
Rather than boasting about his strengths and success, like the false teachers did, Paul boasts about his weaknesses and defeat – pointing toward God instead of himself.
Continuing the “it’s not about me” theme, it’s not about the things I can do. I’m limited. It’s about what God can do. He’s unlimited. Jesus even proves this in Matthew 19:26, “With men, this is impossible. But with God, all things are possible.” So maybe instead of worrying about what I can or can’t do, I should turn my eyes upward and rely on the One who can do it all.
Father, I’m sorry for trying to do it all and taking the credit for it. It’s impossible for me. Remind me to turn to You because You actually can handle anything! Thank You for proving time and again what You’re capable of. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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