Fragile Clay Jars

“We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”

2 Corinthians 4:7 NLT

Paul confirmed this fact: Each of us will face various challenges. Some will be simple. Others will be complex. Some will be easy. Some difficult. We might have physical or financial needs or face stress on the job. We may experience conflicts in our relationships. Problems will continue even after we commit our lives to Jesus.

How do we react to this news? Unable to find solutions, we might feel like quitting or giving up. If we don’t reach our goals, we might feel discouraged or deserted or like failures. Our resources can seem too small. Our adversaries may seem too big.

As Paul told the Christians in Corinth, we should not be surprised by these experiences. We aren’t superhuman or infallible but just earthen vessels, like fragile clay jars. Instead of having all the answers, we might feel perplexed about what to do or feel pressured to do the right thing.

These are moments when we become conscious of our weaknesses and our need for God. In fact, in those moments we should turn to Him, confident we can depend on Him. We need to realize that He has everything we need.

If you experience challenges or go through difficulties, remember that you can depend on God. Don’t be discouraged, afraid, or worried. And don’t feel defeated. Call on God right now. He will not leave you. You can trust in Him!


Father, thank You for the victory I have through Jesus. I will not be defeated or discouraged but hope in You. I praise You. In Jesus’ name, amen.