For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show this all-surpressing power is from God and not from us. (2 Corinthians 4:6,7 NIV)
Surrendering our limited strength to an all-powerful God allows His plan into action. He is able to work through all challenges. If there is one defined lesson implored into my life it is this…God is in control, I am not. As a rehabilitated mother bear, backing away from drama affecting our children comes a close second in life lessons.
What type of challenges do you face? Paul reminds us…
- We can be hard pressed on every side., but not crushed.
- We can be perplexed, but not in despair.
- We can be persecuted, but not abandoned.
- We can be struck down, but not destroyed.
Every human being breathing from east to west, north to south, face challenges. We live in a fallen world. Only if Eve never ate that fruit. The Garden of Eden was God’s creation. She showed us even in perfect circumstances, the serpent deceives. Becoming aware of this fact, we place Biblical truth into our minds to be prepared as pressure around us builds.
Our treasure is God’s knowledge shining from our hearts. However, our hearts are housed in an image of clay jars. Clay jars are ordinary and easily broken. A bit thin skinned. As God’s knowledge builds in our hearts and minds, our skin thickens. Jars chip less. Growing in spiritual maturity requires effort, lots of effort. As with most things in life worth having. When challenges surface, unwrapping this treasure within, releasing God’s power for all to see. This blog is a perfect example. In no way is this my personal strength at work. As we seek Christ, He is faithful.
Ready for a challenge to face challenges? When a new irritation stirs or pain overwhelms, stop spinning thoughts immediately. Shift thoughts in mind and recall what we know for a fact. As we build Word knowledge, quicker we train our minds to respond. We overcome through Christ. Are you ready to be an overcomer?