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. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. - 2 Corinthians 4:7-10
I've heard tell that God can turn the mess into the message. Clever play on words there. I like it.
But recently I've been convicted of something. God is not turning my mess into a message.
My mess is the message.
The world sees that I am hard pressed. They recognize that I am perplexed. Many have witnessed my persecution. I am struck down in full view.
But here is the glory. The world also sees that I am not crushed. They recognize that I do not despair. Many have witnessed that I am never abandoned. While all look on, I rise again to prove that I am not destroyed.
Surely this is not of my own power. Definitely this is not anything I could accomplish from my own strength.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-11
He has delivered us. He shines brightly through this fragile clay jar, lighting up all the cracks that cause me to rely on Him.
Oh He's here, in the middle of this chaos and mayhem. And the message He's speaking from the burning bush that is my life?
Here lies the power of the True and Living God. What a canvas.
He must increase, but I must decrease. - John 3:30
Take off your sandals. We're on Holy Ground.
Heavenly Father, please continue to use me to showcase you. I am unworthy, but thankful for Your mercy and faithfulness. In Jesus' Name, Amen...
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