H. L. Sheppard
Job 2:7 “So went Satan forth from the presence of the LORD, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.”
Job 2:8 “And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes.”
Definition: Potsherd…A piece of broken pottery.
At first glance the intricately woven hues captivate the eye. Its bold colors and vibrant contrasts are mesmerizing. We are compelled to linger, to gaze to marvel that such a dramatic piece of art could be so be so exquisite, so stunning and yet be used for such a simplistic purpose. After all, if you take away the beauty of design and the arresting tones of its manifold colors, it’s just a piece of pottery created to hold water.
But alas, this pitcher although beautiful, is flawed. A crack formed during firing in the kiln. As a water container, it is useless, a work of art to be discarded on the garbage heap of wasted effort. Once a gorgeous product of the potter’s wheel, it is now considered a loss, a mistake, an exercise in creative futility.
Can any good come from broken pottery? Can there be a redeeming quality in something discarded in the Potter’s Field, a graveyard for the Potter’s Rejects, and later a cemetery of shattered dreams where Judas would be buried?
Job answered that question for us. As he sat on the fireplace hearth with a camel skin over his aching shoulders, in the midst of his emotional anguish and physical suffering, when the itching from his sores became intolerable, Job found relief in a “potsherd”. With a piece of something that was destined for the rubbish heap of life, Job’s pain was eased his suffering greatly diminished.
Divorce financial ruin rejection, sickness, death all have one primary thing in common: they often leave us BROKEN. Many of us have endured the pain and anguish of a lost loved one, the desperation of meeting our financial obligations after losing a job to automation or plant closings. We have often struggled with rejection by people whom we love, and in some cases we have been left alone to cope with the heartbreak of divorce. If you have ever been broken, or if you are in need of a new brokenness…this word is for you.
Although most earthly things become useless when broken, this is not true of men. It is while in the condition of human brokenness that man relinquishes his prideful arrogance and stubborn insolence to humility and sincerity. It is in this condition that a man becomes approachable, reachable, touchable useful. It is then, in this state of brokenness, that God finds man useful in touching others.
2 Cor. 1:4 “Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
It is only when we are together as one people in brokenness that we can become one church in “Harmony”.
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