By Karen Polich
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.
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.
For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians
We can walk through life with the confidence that comes from God.
This isn’t shaky ground. Yet, why do we often sit in worry and fear? Of course, it is easier to live with confidence when the path is smooth, but God has called us to be used in His kingdom regardless of circumstances. God chose to fill us with His mighty power. We are “jars of clay”, fragile and sometimes broken, the perfect place for Him to shine.
We can choose to set our life on the foundation of Christ’s sacrifice for us and approach each day with the full confidence that comes when we truly live by faith. Great season? Faith. Crushing season? Faith. Serving Him in all things? Faith.
This is what sets us apart. Living by faith is what opens doors for others to see the glory of God. His light shines through us when we focus on Him. Paul did not refer to “jars of clay” because of their strength. He referred to them because though fragile, they served a great purpose for what filled them.
Have faith and choose to live a life filled with confidence. It is God who works through us in all things. What better foundation could we ask for?
List the ways you have seen God work in your life and share them! How has He shown His strength and faithfulness? You might be the encouragement someone else needs today.
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I needed to hear this today, Karen. Thank you. I’m in worry-mode a lot these days but when I read this post I was reminded how faithful God has been to my family and I during much darker times. There is no reason I cannot be confident no matter what we are going through.
Thanks for sharing!. When things are difficult, confidence is easily lost, but God is ALWAYS faithful and we get to live within His power. In my own struggles I often see Him shine the brightest.