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2 Corinthians 11:30-12:5
30 If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness. 31 The God and Father of the Lord Jesus, he who is blessed forever, knows that I am not lying. 32 At Damascus, the governor under King Aretas was guarding the city of Damascus in order to seize me, 33 but I was let down in a basket through a window in the wall and escaped his hands.
Paul’s Visions and His Thorn
12:1 I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. 2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. 3 And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— 4 and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. 5 On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses—
Weakness | Becky Newman
2 Corinthians 11:30
As Paul continues to “boast”, his examples change to times when God shines His power and strength through Paul. He recognizes that this happens best when he has a weakness. In his strengths, he can attribute it to himself. But in his weaknesses, it must be God shining through.
In a typical job interview, the employer asks about your strengths and weaknesses. I always hate preparing for the weakness question because I feel like I need to polish them up to make them look good, or reply with weaknesses that I can make look good. So it basically becomes boasting in my weakness for my glory. But it’s the weaknesses that I don’t want to share with a potential employer that God can really shine through. For instance, my weaknesses in public speaking or anger. I have a weakness for sweets and chocolate too that I haven’t fully allowed God to shine through, but if I allow Him, He will grow the fruit of self-control and shine through that weakness too. That one will have to wait till January 🙂
Lord, thank You for shining through my weakness over and over, and continuing to keep me humble, reminding me of what those weaknesses are. May I give You the glory and not take it myself. May I let You shine.
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