Today I read an “About Me” page in the Bible.
Yeah, I know they didn’t have computers, the internet, or blogs during Bible times. But they did tell a little about themselves. This is my translation of the Apostle Paul’s “About Me” page.
2 Corinthians 11:22-29
“I am a Hebrew, Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, and servant of Christ. The Jewish leaders gave me thirty-nine lashes 5 times. I was beaten with rods 3 times. Once I was stoned. I was shipwrecked 3 times and spent a whole night and day adrift at sea. I have traveled on many long journeys and faced danger from: rivers, robbers, Jews, Gentiles, cities, the desert, seas, and men who claimed to be believers, but were not. I have: worked hard and long; endured sleepless nights; been hungry and thirsty; gone without food; been cold; and lacked clothing. I have the daily burden of the concern for churches. I feel their weakness and get angry at those who lead others astray.”
Paul was a highly educated man. In today’s terms, he would be addressed as Dr. Paul. Yet, for all of his education, he didn’t brag about that.
2 Corinthians 11:30, “If I must boast, I would rather boast about the things that show how weak I am.” New Living Translation
God uses our weaknesses.
I have a tendency to speak my thoughts. My mother tried very hard to temper that tendency. But that “weakness” made it easy to share my thoughts on this blog.
Dear Father God,
Thank You for sharing about the personal lives of those who lived in Bible times. Thank You for using our weaknesses, because only then do we see Your strength. Thank You for lending us Your strength.
In Jesus Name,
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