“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isaiah 64.8
For the past few days, we have been looking at a selection of women in the Bible who found themselves broken in body, mind, or spirit, because of situations in their lives. The Lord reached out to each one, took the broken pieces, and formed a vessel that was of value for His kingdom. I trust that we have all been moved by their stories and that they have encouraged us to bring our brokenness to the Lord and let Him restore and make something beautiful of each of us.
These are only a few examples. I encourage you to look into the Scriptures and find other women who were broken in some one way or another. The Bible does not just tell us the stories of perfect people, but it records the good and the bad. And as we look into the mirror of His Word, we will find examples that will apply to our situation. We can learn from the stories we find there.
II Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
No one is perfect. We all have flaws and imperfections, but God in His mercy and love looks beyond all of those and sees the finished vessel – one of beauty and usefulness. All He asks is that we have an open heart, willing to listen to His Word and the soft voice of His Spirit as He shows us what needs to be changed. Little by little, day by day, prayer by prayer, He is changing us into something beautiful.
II Timothy 2:19-21 “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.
Prayer: Jesus, thank you for the lessons we learn from your word. We desire that you will search our hearts, show us the cracks and flaws that exist, and let the gold and silver of your mercy and love, change them into a beautiful vessel for you, spreading the good news of your kingdom to others.
Devotion by Anne Johnston