The Broken Pot

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Original photo by Joanna Bourne 

Daily Reformation, Job 1:1; 2:1-10

From the Reformer

Calvin spent his last days in almost continual prayer, and in ejaculating comforting sentences of Scripture, mostly from the Psalms. He suffered at times excruciating pains. He was often heard to exclaim: “I mourn as a dove” (Is 38:14); “I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it” (Ps 39:9); “Thou bruisest me, O Lord, but it is enough for me that it is thy hand.” His voice was broken by asthma, but his eyes remained bright, and his mind clear and strong to the last. He admitted all who wished to see him, but requested that they should rather pray for him than speak to him.

—Philip Schaff, History of the Christian Church

Pulling It Together

Where is your focus—the body or the spirit? Job scraped a broken pot with a broken pot while contemplating what filled the pot and came to a focus of the spirit. It was enough for Job that he was in God’s hand, no matter the condition of the vessel. It was sufficient for Calvin that the hand which bruised him was God’s. “After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light and be satisfied.” (Isa 53:11) God fixes and fills many containers in their breaking, if the vessel will endure such rough treatment for a spell.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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