Where do we get our bearings for life?
The world says to boast about the things that are impressive about you. But, if the Gospel is our GPS, our attitude about boasting will be turned upside-down.
1) Paul shows what Gospel-boasting is. (vs. 1-6)
-Right at the point he’s being criticized, he brings up a low-point in his life–a time that could’ve been seen as pathetic. (ch. 11:30-33)
-Paul speaks in third person, distancing himself from something that would make him seem wonderful. In this context, God cannot be talked about.
-It will stop us from boasting about things that make me look right.
-Whitfield prayed to be spared from the “fiery furnace of popularity” and from the “hosannas of the multitude.”
2) Causes us to boast about our weakness. (vs. 7-10)
-God is sovereign. Nothing happens outside His will.
-There are painful things that happen without no seeming good. BUT Romans 8:28.
-But there was a purpose for the thorn: to keep Paul humble. It pinned him to the ground and held him fast to the Lord in trust and in confidence.
-In the midst of the suffering, His grace is sufficient.
-The more we recognize our weakness, the more we see Christ’s enabling strength. (2 Corinthians 1; 2:13; 9; 1 Corinthians 1) The greater our trouble, the greater our comfort. In our weakness, we are driven to depend on God alone. ♪Nothing in my hand I bring. Simply to the cross I cling. ♪ You bring nothing. He brings everything.
I have learned to kiss the wave that pushes me against the Rock of Ages. -Charles H. Spurgeon
♪Let the weak say I am strong / Let the poor say I am rich / Because of what the Lord has done for us ♪