Reflection: The book of 2 Corinthians finishes a long way second to 1 Corinthians in a popularity contest. It’s like the shy sibling in the background of the family photo. Upon opening it Christians might say – I’ve met your famous brother – but who are you again?
2 Corinthians is an incredible book because it is Paul at perhaps his most emotional. The NT scholar R P C Hanson put it like this:
Here, broken sharply off, with none of the jagged edges filed down, is a chunk of Paul’s life – authentic, uncensored, bewilderingly complicated, but amazingly interesting.
If you think that Paul was always happy, that he never got to the end of himself, that he was never acquainted with confusion, anxiety, and even something like depression – then you’ve never read 2 Corinthians.
Question: When was the last time you shared your confusion, sadness, or disappointment with God?
Prayer: Gracious God, you are the Father of Compassion and the God of all comfort. I know you hear my prayer today, even when I am confused, even when I feel broken and overwhelmed. Through the comforting presence of your Spirit, remind me of your love and your sovereignty. Point my heart towards Jesus, who pioneers for us how to run the race with perseverance. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.