Daily Archives: May 2, 2022
Psalm 119:33-40 (ESV)
33 Teach me, O Lord, the way of your statutes;
and I will keep it to the end.
34 Give me understanding, that I may keep your law
and observe it with my whole heart.
35 Lead me in the path of your commandments,
for I delight in it.
36 Incline my heart to your testimonies,
and not to selfish gain!
37 Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things;
and give me life in your ways.
38 Confirm to your servant your promise,
that you may be feared.
39 Turn away the reproach that I dread,
for your rules are good.
40 Behold, I long for your precepts;
in your righteousness give me life!
2 Corinthians 4:7-15 (ESV)
Treasure in Jars of Clay
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed;10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.12 So death is at work in us, but life in you.
13 Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak, 14 knowing that he who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus and bring us with you into his presence.15 For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.
As we look at these challenging words from Paul today, let’s turn them into a prayer of praise and dedication to the Lord.
All praise to you, Lord Jesus, for pouring the treasure of divine life into the “earthen vessels” of our all-too-mortal lives! We thought we had everything we needed until we met you, and that’s when everything changed. Sin lurked in our hearts and leaped out at times, causing pain to ourselves and our loved ones. Finally, we turned to you for help, and we were not disappointed.
Thank you, Jesus, for shining your light into our lives! Thank you for taking away our sin and nailing it to the cross once and for all. We praise you for cleansing us by your blood and offering us your own risen life! We adore you for letting us know and experience God’s love in so intimate and life-changing a way!
Thank you for freeing us from a life of self-reliance, a life that couldn’t see your loving presence. We praise you even for the times when we feel “perplexed but not driven to despair; struck down, but not destroyed.” For those are the times when you pour out gifts that only you can give: gifts of forgiving others and praying for those who are hurting more than we are, the gift of the Holy Spirit, and best of all, the gift of life eternal with you in heaven! Temptations to fall into our old familiar ways will always come, but your grace is more than sufficient to strengthen us. You will always give us the opportunity to choose life over death, and this is why we are so grateful for your love and your intervention in our lives.
Jesus, we want nothing more than to surrender to you! When we were without hope and without God, you saved us. Wherever we are, in whatever situation we find ourselves, we know you are with us and will show us the way we should go.