Earthen Vessels

God is using my weakness. Or despite me and my weakness.

My deepest apologies for not sharing any news in over five months. A life update and stories about our baby and everything will be coming shortly I hope. We’ve had to focus on our family and not worry about other things. Just this week I got sick with mastitis for the fourth time and I’ve been reminded again that my plans aren’t going to work if I push my agenda without consulting the Lord.

Here is a passage I’ve been contemplating some this week.

2 Corinthians 4:6-8

For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair.

Here is my interpretation, which is surely a mixture of what many have said before. I’m hoping that I’m not stealing anyone’s words here.

God has given us the light (Christ and salvation) and we are then to live a life that shows the gospel to others. But we are earthen vessels- weak, breakable and have lots of problems, but He still uses us. It’s not our power or strength, but His excellency. He is honoured, not us. There are troubles about- pain, communication problems, persecution from others, past sins, even threats to life. Even in all the struggle, we aren’t alone. No need for distress. Or worry.

I don’t know what your day to day life is like, but each day He is there and He loves you and will take care of you. Let Him use you to shine the Light of Christ.

-Beth


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