Wednesday, July 24, 2019

2 Corinthians 4:7-9 NIV 2011

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

The treasure given to believers is found in God’s Word. “Treasures were concealed in clay jars” one commentator wrote. Paul made reference to what he was: frail and unworthy of God’s great grace. He as well as all believers are sufficient in Christ alone. Isaiah 64:8, “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Paul’s inner peace came through his confidence God was always with him. Hebrews 13:5, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” God never abandons His people.

The first time I read Isaiah 64:8 it changed the way I live my life. Upon learning I was the clay God used to mold in His image was transformational for me. It was the piece of the puzzle that had been missing in my walk with the Lord. Reading Paul’s letters also filled in many gaps in my walk of faith. God was and has always been the master of my life. I am His treasured jar of clay. He made me and I am His. He’ll never abandon me.

How do others see Jesus in us daily?

Glorifying God,

S

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