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Job 22:2 ” Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?”

So many times we foolishly think we can somehow “help God”.  We look at the situation and feel we have more insight and intelligence than our Heavenly Father does over the matter…but our “help” usually just messes it up more.  Relinquishing some thing or one to God doesn’t mean you’re giving up and walking away…it simply means you’re stepping aside and allowing God to work in ways you never would be able to.  Surrendering and laying at the foot of the Cross a loved one can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.  But until you do this and fully give that person to God – you’re just in the way and the Lord can’t work.  You may think you love that person immensely…but remember, God loves them even more.

Psalm 89:6 ” For Who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?”

As God expressed in Exodus 9:14, “There is no one like Me in all the earth.”  God is just that…incomparable, and matchless to anyone or thing we can imagine here on earth.  He is transcendent and beyond what our paltry human minds can contrive.  Look up into the sky today…take in the sheer vastness of it…now ponder, that’s just a tiny bit of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 ” There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.”

It’s hard to imagine, but there’s an appointed time for everything happening in your life today.  From the very important to the mundane, each matter has been carefully created by God to fit perfectly within His purpose and timetable.  In verse 11 of this chapter we read that God has made everything beautiful in its own time…in its right and proper time.  For with the Lord,  there is no unplanned or unintended actions…that’s because His timing is always perfect.

II Peter 2:19 ” They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity – for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”

The selfish human nature is always striving for the liberty of self-determination.  “I want to do what I want, when I want to”, is our mindset.  But with that enticement comes deception and seduction as we wander farther and farther off the right path.  And sooner or later, we find ourselves in the middle of perversion, and wonder just how we got ourselves into such a mess.  In the search for freedom, we have instead become a piece of property…owned and controlled by depravity and lies.

I Samuel 16:13 ” So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power.”

God had sent the Prophet Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint one of Jesse’s seven sons as King.  As six strapping young men paraded past Samuel…each time he thought to himself, “This has to be the one!”  But God reminded Samuel in verse 7, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  It wasn’t until the youngest son, David, was called from the pasture,  that God declared, “He is the one.”  This should give all of us encouragement…especially those who have said to themselves, “I have nothing to offer God.”  The Lord doesn’t consider outward appearances.  He looks only at what He can do through us if we’re a willing worker.

II Corinthians 4: 8-9 ” We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

As we learned from the Devotional yesterday, we have this great and wonderful treasure in jars of clay.  But just like those breakable vessels, our mortal body can be stronger than we can imagine.  You see, those clay jars withstood outside pressure and remained durable and lasting for hundreds of years…and so can we.  This verse promises us that we can be troubled but not overwhelmed by it…confused but not to the point of hopelessness…harassed and bullied but never forsaken by our Heavenly Father. You are a jar of clay, but one tough, resilient, and tenacious jar – holding an unspeakable treasure within.

II 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.”

In Biblical times,  clay jars were used to store items of importance.  In Jeremiah 32:14-15,  the Lord tells Jeremiah to buy his cousin’s field and take the documents and place them in a clay jar.  “For this is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Houses, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”  This promise that they would return to their homeland  would take 70 years of exile in Babylon before it would come about…but these important documents would be kept safe until then…safe within a fragile clay jar.  And if you’re a Believer, you  have the great power and Almighty energy of God within your clay jar…your body,  placed there by God for safe-keeping.