Today’s Scripture: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; II Corinthians 4:79
Imagine for a moment that you were just entrusted with a gift of immeasurable value. In order to protect that precious object, I am sure you would look for the most resilient material possible. Perhaps you would even lock it in a safe. Now I want you to picture an ancient earthen vessel. My father acquired one from Israel that is about 4,000 years old. Each time I have held it, it has been with great care because I know that if I dropped it, it would shatter immediately. Would you ever consider picking that clay jar to house your precious gift rather than choosing a strong safe?
Like that jar, we as believers are made of fragile clay. Yet, God chose us, a fragile and weak vessel, to contain the precious gift of salvation. Why would He entrust a weak compilation of dust with the glorious task of sharing the gospel in thee world? It is our weakness that requires us to trust and rest in Him. Through our fragile state, we can bring Him far more glory than if we were strong on our own. The paradox with our clay jar is that when we are cast down, we are not destroyed. Because we have His Strength in us, we will never shatter. Take the fiery furnace for example. Life looked like it was going to go up in smoke when those three young men took their stand for God. Rather than allow them to burn, God placed a shield of protection around them so that not even a hair on their head wa singed. In fact, I believe Jesus was in that furnace with them pre-incarnate. With Him, those young Hebrews could not be shattered. (Daniel 3:23-25)
You have an immeasurable gift inside of you, one that is beyond what anyone on earth can fully fathom-God’s gift of salvation. It is yours to enjoy, but more importantly, it is yours to share. You may have days when you feel as though you have no worth, but you must remember what you have been entrusted with. When the pressures of life are closing in and you are pressed from all sides, know that although you may feel cast down, nothing can destroy you. Derive your strength from the fact that you are always upheld in the mighty hands of the Potter Himself.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.