II Corinthians 4:7-8 ” But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show 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.”

Suffering will visit us all. No one is immune to trouble and affliction. Too often we are overwhelmed and bewildered by the devastation that suddenly, and without warning, overtakes us. It’s at that point we need Godly perspective and these verses can help us see it. First, we must admit that we are just clay jars…fragile vessels in which God’s great and wholly capable power is residing in. Next, because of this indwelling power, we have been given the capacity to endure and not give up. Finally, we need to lift up our eyes above our sufferings to see eternity…understanding that God makes His strength known in our weaknesses. (II Corinthians 12:9) For when we have God’s perspective on our suffering, we will only glance at our situation but then fix our gaze on our Savior.

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