2 Corinthians 4:7

"But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."  2 Corinthians 4:7

As a child, can you remember the first time you broke something?  Maybe it was a jar, or worse, your piggy bank!  Oh the horror, "It's broke and cannot be repaired!"  No doubt, your spirits sunk.  It's quite true, many things we break in life cannot be repaired.

But what happens when we get broken?

Many Christians, and even spiritual leaders, report that God never really began to use them until they were broken.  Maybe an earthly dream did not come true, or they lost a home, or went through a trying relationship.  Perhaps they got sick or experienced bankruptcy.  Yet God used that very tragedy to clear their heads spiritually and set their priorities right.

Paul would also write in this same book, "When I am weak, then am I strong" (2 Cor. 12:10).  Seems like a contradiction, but it's true.  When we operate in our own strength, do things our own way, and try to run our own life, we may feel strong, but actually we are weak.  On the other hand, when we rely on God's strength, yet face many trials and affliction, we actually grow stronger.

Three things to remember:

1.  In order for God to use us, He must keep us relying on Him.  Don't be surprised at fiery trials (I Peter 4:12).  God often sends them in His love so that we will trust in Him (2 Cor. 1:9).

2.  Begin each day by renewing your trust in God.  Let's face it, on our own we tend to mess things up.  It's far better to trust God from the get go.

3.  Do not trust in the perishing things of this world.  They can deceive us into trusting in them, leading to major disappointment.  God, on the other hand, will never disappoint us.  (Heb. 13:5)


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