Welcome to something new I want to try on the site. This will be a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I may add a music video at the top to go along. You just never know.
For the first devotional, we will be doing How To Get Through What You Are Going Through. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
2 Corinthians 1:12 “For our boast is this, the testimony of our conscience, that we behaved in the world with simplicity and godly sincerity, not by earthly wisdom but by the grace of God, and supremely so toward you.”
Regardless of your circumstances and how you feel, hang on to God’s unchanging character.
2 Corinthians 1:12 says, “Now that the worst is over, we’re pleased we can report that we’ve come out of this with conscience and faith intact, and can face the world — and even more importantly, face you with our heads held high. But it wasn’t by any fancy footwork on our part. It was God who kept us focused on him, uncompromised.”
Your circumstances cannot change the character of God. God’s grace is still in full force; he is still for you, even when you don’t feel it.
Remind yourself what you know to be eternally true about God: He is good, he loves you, he is with you, he knows what you’re going through, he cares, and he has a good plan for your life.
Raymond Edman, one of Billy Graham’s mentors, once said, “Never doubt in the dark what God told you in the light.”
So, what has God told you in the light that you now doubt in the dark? Why do you think you doubt God now? Remember, your circumstances cannot change the character of God.
First thing you may notice is that Paul is talking about boasting. But wait, isn’t being prideful a sin? As shown in 1 Corinthians 1:29, 1:31, 4:7, Ephesians 2:9, Romans 5:2, and 15:17, it is not sinful when boasting about God and not yourself. Since Paul was acting of simplicity and godly sincerity, which is only possible with God, he was boasting about the grace of God and not earthly wisdom. I think today’s verse is a prime example of something that can be ripped out of context and thrown at us as Christians. Simply reading that verse alone without studying, looks as if Paul is boastful. Which of course we shouldn’t be doing as spoken about in Proverbs 11:2 “When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.” and in Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” You can also reference Proverbs 16:5, 29:23, and Galatians 6:3 (make sure to read the verses in context if confused).
The fact that verses like this can be used out of context is all the more reason we need to be knowledgeable on God’s word. Nothing throws me off my game more than when something new is thrown at me and I had no idea it was in the bible. Then I have to go and research the subject, just so it won’t leave me baffled again.
What do you think? Leave your own commentary in the comments.