“If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness.”

2 Corinthians 11:30 (NIV)

 

I thought it was a weird sign for an airport. I looked up at a giant billboard which read, “You are smarter and stronger than you think.” I found it odd that the airport was trying to boost my self-esteem. Although there’s nothing really wrong with this positive message, I thought a better slogan to broadcast for an airport might be “Adventure Ahead” or “Your safety is our top priority.”

 

I pondered that sign. For some reason, it bugged me. You are smarter and stronger than you think. Then I realized why I was bothered. When we believe we are the ones who are ultimately smart and strong, where is the need for God? The truth is, we aren’t as smart and strong as we think. Constantly propping up the ego leads to pride. On the contrary, we are in desperate need of God. He is the one who is smarter and stronger than we think. Instead of boasting about our intelligence or strength, we should brag on God’s.

 

The Apostle Paul leads the way as we read in today’s key verse, “If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness” (2 Corinthians 11:30). That runs counter to the world’s way of doing things.

 

Lord Jesus, You are my strength and my defense. I humble myself before You, and I declare in my weakness, You are strong. There is no other like You. Thank You for clothing me in Your power and righteousness. I am enough because of You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

Take a moment to reflect on the difference between your personal resources and God’s resources. How might your life be different if you tapped into God’s strength and not your own? Share your thoughts in the comments.