We have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Cor. 4:7
Lord Jesus, the truth in this one little verse is incredibly freeing—but difficult to hold on to. You inhabit our weakness …
- Like the aroma of life in a canister of dried Play-Doh
- Like living water in a canteen of crinkled tin foil
- Like eternal hope in frail, faith-little people like us
- Like inexhaustible kindness oozing from the cracks of our brokenness
- Like Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal” in a picture-frame of pine needles
Hallelujah, Jesus, you are the glorious Point, and we are the honored pointers.
Though few of us are facing the exact dangers Paul did, we do relate to his experience of being hard pressed and perplexed (2 Cor. 4:8-11). Difficult stories, challenging relationships, chronic neediness, uncontrollable outcomes… these things tax our limits, sabotage our self-sufficiency, and drive us to you again and again.
None of us is expected to be awesome. Awesomeness belongs to you. All of us are called to own our limits, rest in your love, and trust your sovereignty. Help us do so. As this weekend unfolds, grant us grace to boast in our weaknesses, and rest in your everything.
May your beauty, goodness, and kindness be revealed through our brokenness. Increase our gentleness, humility, and peace, Jesus. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.