Corthinians 4:7(KJV) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
The Lord is our treasure and source of our reliance.
Often times we can tend to think too highly of ourselves.
Our love for having the right answers, solving our own problems, and feeling in control of every aspect of our lives demonstrates our inclination to think we possess personal security
However, it’s a false sense of security connected to this self-sufficiency problem we are all prone to embracing.
I’m not writing this message to condemn you; I just want to remind you as people of God, our primary source and reliance in life come from the Lord our God (Psalm 21:7).
Our reliance has to always begin and end with the Lord our God.
We must pay close attention to ourselves, so we are careful to not malfunction as we journey in life. How we understand ourselves in a manner that connects us to God in a more increasing way.
We must always seek the security that comes from the Lord which supersedes self-security. I’ve discovered self-security literally pulls me away from trusting in the Lord.
This is the meaning that helps me especially being a child of God. In today’s reading notice Paul, we see a man who was afraid yet strong.
He was troubled in his heart yet had hope. He was surrounded by enemies yet was not captured. Although he met with persecution, he did not feel rejected or cast aside.
He seemingly was knocked down, but he did not die (II Corinthians 4:7-9). We see his weaknesses, but when he was weak, he was made strong (12:10b).
We see him bearing about in the body the putting to death of Jesus, but the life of Jesus was manifested in his body (II Corinthians 4:10).
We see him being slandered, but he had a good name. He seemingly led others astray, but he was honest.
He seemingly was not famous, but everyone knew him. He seemingly was about to die, but he lived.
He seemingly was punished, but not unto death. He seemingly was sad, but he always rejoiced. He seemingly was poor, but he made many rich.
He seemingly had nothing, but he had everything (6:8-10). This is a real treasure we are given when our reliance is on the Lord.
Point to ponder
Our sufficiency has to be grounded and rooted in the Lord our God. Be careful of self-sufficiency that causes us to displace the Lord in our lives.
Always remember in life whatever you have to face or are facing right now; “We have a treasure in God”.
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