“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
Vessel of Strength & Beauty
Please note, it is important to remember that some of our temporary hardships can only be seen as light affliction when viewed from the perspective of eternity. I love how Anne Graham Lotz so simply describes us at the end of her devotional for the day: “You and I are just little clay pots destined for glory!” That’s what I am and am becoming as I work out my salvation with the Lord: a “Vessel of Strength and Beauty” carrying an eternal weight of glory.
“You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our potter; and all we are the work of Your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8 NKJV)
“…So the Potter placed the vessel into the fiery kiln, carefully keeping His eye on it as He submitted it to the raging heat. At a time He alone determined was sufficient, the Potter withdrew the pot from the furnace. The blazing heat had radically transformed it into a vessel of strength and glorious multicolored beauty.” (Excerpt from Anne Graham Lotz, The Joy of My Heart, August 27th devotional, “Little Clay Pots,” p.260)
The day I read this devotional and sketched this painting my prayer to the Lord was; “Lord am I still in the fiery furnace regarding…. Thank you for finishing what You begin in my life. Lord, I’m waiting on You for the results, the fruit, the joy. You alone know my days and the plans You have for me to fulfill and You alone can get me there. I say Yes and Amen to your work and I ask for, receive, and thank you for Your mercy and grace.”
In response to my prayer, I believe the Lord gave me II Corinthians 4:16-18 on “Seeing the Invisible” to encourage me and I hope it will do the same for you.