“Divine Weakness” (2 Corinthians 10: 17 – 18, NEB) by Carley Evans

“Not the man who recommends himself, but the man whom the Lord recommends — he and he alone is to be accepted.” Therefore, “if a man must boast, let him boast in the Lord.” I write this because the Lord is the one who is always acceptable, who is always recommended. He and he alone is trustworthy at all times.

Paul says that “we should not dare to class ourselves or compare ourselves with any of those who put forward their own claims. What fools they are to measure themselves by themselves, to find in themselves their own standard of comparison.” (2 Corinthians 10: 12) Whereas, if we compare ourselves to Jesus, we know we fall short.

Paul says, “If boasting there must be, I will boast of the things that show up my weakness.” (2 Corinthians 11: 30) And Jesus tells both Paul and us, “My grace is all you need; power comes to its full strength in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12: 9) That Jesus has power may not be evident to some. “True, He died on the cross in weakness, but He lives by the power of God; and we who share His weakness shall by the power of God live with Him.” (2 Corinthians 13: 4) Remember that “divine folly is wiser than the wisdom of man, and divine weakness stronger than man’s strength.” (Romans 1: 25)