Thursday, August 25, 2016

Divine treasure in the frail and earthen vessels

I have been thinking of the word ostrakinos (στράκινος, made of clay, earthen) which is used metaphorically in 2 Cor 4:7 of the frail human body of believers. 

"But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." (2 Cor.4:7, KJV)

Some recent incidents made me realize keenly how frail and weak I am as a woman and as a foreigner in this strange land. At the same time, I have been comforted by sharing the depths of our hearts with my fellow headcovering sisters who have been inseparable parts of my life already. I had never expected that one day I would be able to share or confess my bare shortcomings, foolish & nasty sins, joys and sorrows with other human beings so freely and without hesitation like I have been doing with you. 

Regardless of the differences such as our nationalities, ethnicity, family condition (single, married, with/without children), aren't we so painfully and wonderfully similar that we contain the divine treasure in the frail earthen vessels? 

Yes, we all share the same basis, we all accept creation order and biblical womanhood heartily and want to be submissive daughters/wives. But alas, how often we fail,,,and that miserably! Often times, I am tempted to doubt if there has been any progress in my spiritual journey after all and that our evangelical efforts and seed planting would bear any lasting fruits. However, the above verse does not end with the "earthen vessels." It further explains why we have divine treasure in earthen vessels;

[so that] the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.

The Amplified Bible explains like this;

,,that the grandeur and exceeding greatness of the power may be shown to be from God and not from ourselves.

O my dear sisters, let us not be discouraged. When you fail, He will rise you up again and we all come to hold you in our arms! Our journey continues so do our friendship and mutual bonds!