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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.

Deuteronomy 10: 1-2 ” At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Chisel out two stone tablets like the first ones and come up to Me on the mountain…I will write on the tablets the words that were on the first tablets, which you broke.’ “

Up on Mount Sinai, Moses had received the first set of tablets, engraved by God with the Ten Commandments.  But when he came down from the mountain, he found the people engaged in an orgy.  It says in Exodus 32:15-20 that, “his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces.”  Moses allowed his anger to get the best of him…but even after messing up big time…God still used him.  The Lord’s willingness to rewrite His Law on new stone tablets was a demonstration of His infinite mercy towards us…even when we mess up.

Job 21:22 “Can anyone teach knowledge to God, since He judges even the highest?”

The very source of all truth comes from God.  No one teaches or advises Him.  He is the Supreme Ruler of both heaven and earth…and He governs justly to all.  No one is like our God, not one.  And for those who put their trust in Him…there is the promise of eternal life.

John 15:12 ” My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”

Jesus loves us with an unconditional love…it has no bounds…no restrictions.  But can we love each other in the same way?  Maybe it can be in what we don’t do  that can show the love of Christ more effectively to those around us.  Instead of yelling in anger and frustration at the kids…we don’t.  Instead of becoming upset and disappointed with a co-worker…we don’t.  Instead of allowing discouragement and despair to break apart our marriage…we don’t.  For sometimes the greatest way to demonstrate God’s love to others… is in what we don’t do.

II Corinthians 9:6 ” Remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”

It’s been amazing to watch the immense fields of corn and soybeans growing around us.  The farmers have planted the greatest amount they can in order to have the most abundant harvest possible.  Blessing others works the same way.  If we are open-handed with our generosity…we ourselves will be blessed in return.  For it says in Proverbs 11:25, “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”  Sow generously into the Kingdom of God with open hands and an open heart…for a man reaps what he sows.

Job 14:1-2 “Man born of woman is of a few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.”

From the moment we draw our initial breath, to the last… our lives are but a brief time here on earth.  Our bodies, just temporary vessels,  that continue to fade and wither more with each passing year.  Yes, our mortal life is like a fleeting shadow…passing and momentary.  But our spirit within is enduring…everlasting and eternal.