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Plundered Vessels

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Do you know of someone who you haven’t seen at a service lately? Be encouraged to reach out in love and tend to their compromised vessel.

And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with some of the vessels of the house of God. And he brought them to the land of Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his god. (Daniel 1:2 ESV)

Whenever I read the story of Daniel, I get God-stopped at the idea that the Lord gave his people and temple vessels to Nebuchadnezzar. The people had been unfaithful and they were exiled to Babylon as a result.

So many times in the Bible we see the Holy vessels being plundered . . .  taken away and desecrated by wicked kings. One day they were being used in service to God and in worship, then the next they were being used for drunken orgies. Can you even imagine?

The Word often refers to us as vessels . . .

Now in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for honorable use, some for dishonorable. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work. (2 Timothy 2:20-21 ESV)

How do you see yourself? Are you a vessel of gold? Wood? Or the vulnerable clay?  I tend to see myself as a slightly chipped clay pot, (many have called me a crackpot – I might as well embrace it!).

I do wonder how many precious vessels which the Lord loves and were chosen that have been plundered and carried away from His place of worship. So many women have written me with stories of being chipped at by harsh words, marred by well-meaning but ill-informed people or kicked to the curb, unwanted and unwelcome! Others have dishonored their vessels all on their own by poor choices and moments of rebellion. They jumped into the goodwill box all on their own. As I read through their emails, I cry, feeling the hurts of each story and rejected soul.

God’s vessels need to come back. They need to be brought back into fellowship and the community of a loving church family. If you are a broken vessel that has been away for a while and you long to be made whole and useful again, reach out to a trusted friend or pastor for help and prayer. God’s not done with you yet!

Do you know of someone who you haven’t seen at a service lately? I encourage you to reach out in love and tend to their compromised vessel. Let’s help restore what the devil has tried to destroy.

Father, forgive us for being blind to the needs and hurts of those around us. Please bring to mind those who have wandered away or been taken away as plunder. Help us to apply Your balm, to heal and bind them up that they would be joyfully ready for every good work. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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