But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed (2 Corinthians 4:8-9).
Have you ever been knocked down?
Sure you have.
Literally and/or metaphorically you’ve been beaten, torn up, kicked around, thrown down and ground into the dirt until there’s grit in your eyes and blood in your mouth.
But you survived.
After all, here you are, enjoying this delightfully uplifting message.
As much as I love reading about the armor of God, I think the message of the cross is most powerful, most potent, when your armor has cracked, your shield has caved in, and your sword has been knocked from your hand.
That’s when resurrection comes in.
They say that God will never give you more than you can handle. Perhaps it is better to say that he will never give you more than He can handle.
He is the one who lifts you up from the dust.
From the mire.
From the muck.
From the grave.
That is the treasure you carry in your little jar of clay.
Carry it with joy, Beloved.