August 30 - Jars of Clay

By Lillian Sparks

Today's Scripture: 2 Corinthians 4:7.

Central Thought: God uses earthen vessels to display his power.

    Patsy Claremont, one of my favorite female authors, talks about the broken pieces of our lives in her first book, God uses Cracked Pots (and I'm the visual aid). She tells about her nine-year battle with a condition called agoraphobia—the fear of crowds, tight places, and groups of people. She couldn't go to the supermarket, attend church, or get in an elevator. Immediately, she would experience a panic attack and have to run away. The only solace she found was to stay at home alone. She became a prisoner in her own home.

    One day, while washing her dishes in the kitchen sink, she cried out in desperation, 'Lord, can you help me? Can you use my life? I am such a mess!”

    Quietly, the Lord whispered, 'Patsy, look at the vase sitting on your window sill; the one with all the cracks.”

She replied, 'Lord, you mean the one that I broke and pieced back together?”

'Yes, that's the one. What do you see? Where is the light shining through?”

In amazement she acknowledged, 'Well, Lord, it's shining through the broken places.”

    The Lord answered, 'Patsy that is how I am going to use you. I am going to shine through all the broken places in your life.”

    From that moment God began to heal Patsy from this condition and bring her into wholeness. She now travels nationally with the Women of Faith Conferences sharing her testimony.

    Paul was amazed that the most treasured possession, the knowledge of Jesus Christ, was entrusted to human vessels. This striking paradox—God's strength made perfect in human weakness—is a witness of the greatness of God's power. When we are weak, then we are strong; not through natural abilities or strength, but through the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit working in us. God takes simple jars of clay or broken vessels and uses them to display His power.

Devotional Prayer: Lord, take the broken pieces of my life and mold them into a vessel of honor-one that will bring You glory. Use my life as a visible demonstration of Your greatness and power.

Today's Bible Reading: Job 34:1-36:33; 2 Corinthians 4:1-12; Psalm 44:1-8; Proverbs 22:10-12