It would seem many of us in our small group are in desperate need of wisdom right now, myself included. So many prayers I’ve heard just this week, asking the One who gives every good and perfect gift to pour His wisdom into us. So many times I’ve found myself crying out to God for the same. And this morning was no exception.
It occurred to me (anew) that I am a broken vessel. And I am overcome with joy and thankfulness that God has chosen to use broken vessels like me to show the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. So here are my meditations on James 1:5-8 and 3:13-18, wisdom, and broken vessel-hood. I hope it will bless you.
1) As a broken vessel, I am utterly useless unless God uses me.
2) I’m empty and need to be filled by God. He will fill me if I ask him, but not if I doubt Him.
3) What hope is there for me if I can’t completely trust Him to fill me? Furthermore, what good is it to trust Him if I don’t trust Him completely? How differently would my life look if I trusted Him with reckless abandon instead of “I hope He’ll do this, but I don’t really think He will” ?
4) My concept of what wisdom looks like is warped.
5) I want pure, peaceable, gentle, reasonable, merciful, fruitful, impartial, and sincere wisdom… and to produce the fruit it brings. Above all else, I want to use that wisdom to bless my brothers and sisters.
Lord, I’m begging you. Fill me up, pour me out, and use me.
“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Music: Fighter verse set E – Matthew 5