What is that you boast of?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.
(2 Corinthians 11:30 (NIV))

If it were only that easy!

Human nature has its way far too often and we boast about things that we have done. We boast about the number of points that we scored in the big game. We boast about the size of the deer that we may have shot. We boast about our houses, our jobs and our cars. We even boast about our children, but do we ever boast about our weaknesses?

Do we boast that we cannot pay our bills? Do we boast that we have a problem with sin? Do we boast that our marriages may be on shaky ground? Do we boast that we are not capable of doing anything on our own?

When we boast about what we have done or can do, it is looked upon as ego. When we boast about our shortcomings, it is looked upon as failure. No matter what we boast about, it is a sign that something is wrong with our priorities.

How can we boast about our weaknesses in such a manner so that they do not sound like we are trying to create a pity party for ourselves? I, like everyone alive, have found myself in situations where my talk could have been taken as a quest for pity. However, we must allow the Holy Spirit to live through us and to speak through us so that when we speak of our weaknesses, we give glory to God for giving us the strength and faith to see it through.

Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
(Psalm 23:4 (NIV))

If God is with us, how can we feel pity for ourselves? He will provide for us through our weaknesses. It is in this fact that we should boast and not of our weaknesses or even our so called greatness. We need only boast in the power and strength of our God.

What is that you boast of?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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