Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Pottery or Jars of Clay?

I love pottery!
To me, pottery is art.
and is usually created with a purpose in mind.

I had often read this verse from 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."

This past week I was pondering the thought about being a
I read the passages both before and after its mention
by the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians.

Paul talked about how Moses had to cover his face with a veil
after he had spent time with the LORD,
been in His presence, and seen His Glory.
Moses wore the veil because his face shone so brightly
with the LORD's glory
 that the people couldn't stand to look at him!

Paul says that when we spend time with the LORD,
His glory shines out of us,
and God doesn't want us to hide it.

This was not a new subject to me,
but then God opened my eyes to see an answer to something 
that I had been struggling with.
It had to do with a seeming unanswered prayer.
Awhile back I had believed that God had given me faith
 to believe a certain person would be healed,
but he wasn't...
I've struggled with this and asked God for answers.

God showed me that sometimes He gets more glory
 from letting us go THROUGH something,
then He does from delivering us FROM something.

This is how Paul said it:
 "Everyone can see that the glorious power 
within must be from God and is not our own...  
We are perplexed because we don’t know 
why things happen as they do,
 but we don’t give up and quit... 
 God never abandons us. 
We get knocked down, 
but we get up again and keep going... 
We never give up." 

Sometimes our "Jars of Clay" are sick,
chipped, cracked or broken... 

We are not our own bosses to live or die 
as we ourselves might choose.
 Living or dying we follow the Lord. 
Either way we are his."

It's all about God's glory!

"And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
    and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

I don't know about you,
but I don't want to be just an empty piece of pottery,
but a JAR OF CLAY through which God shines!

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Alice said...

Amen! It's like that poem "the Weaver" that I love. The Weaver
""Just a Weaver")

My life is just a weaving
Between my Lord and me.
I cannot change the color
For He works most steadily.

Oft times He weaves the sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget He sees the upper
And I the underside.

Until the loom is silent
And the shuttle cease to fly,
Will God roll back the canvas
And explain the reason why.

The dark threads are as needful
In the skillful Weaver's Hand
As the golden threads of silver
He has patterned in His Plan.
by Grant Coulfax Tuller or B. M. Franklin

Ozark yankee said...

Very good article

Lisa notes... said...

Amen. I'm so thankful for this truth:
"God showed me that sometimes He gets more glory
from letting us go THROUGH something,
then He does from delivering us FROM something."

I'm definitely a cracked pot. :)

Lyli said...

How amazing is is that God uses our flaws and weakness to show His strength and glory? He is such an amazing God!