Did God want David to number the people?
How many choices were given to David?
Who was given the responsibility to build the temple?
Lesson: We need to note that when God needed something done he worked through people. He could have spoke the temple into existence, but he used
people. Are we available to be used of God?
Prayer: Dear God, let me be an instrument in thy hands. Use me, 0 God, in thy service. Amen.
THE CRACKED POT
A water bearer in India had two large pots hanging from either end of
the pole, which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack
in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full
portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the
masters house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. For a full two years
this went on daily, with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots
full of water in his masters house, Of course, the perfect pot was proud
of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it was made. But
the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and
miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been
made to do. After two years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it
spoke to the water bearer one day by the stream. “I am ashamed of
myself, and I want to apologize to you.” “Why?” asked the bearer.
“What are you ashamed of?” “I have been able, for these past two
years, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes
water to leak out all the way back to your masters house. Because of
my flaws, you have to do all of this work, and you don’t get full value
from your efforts,” The pot said. The water bearer felt sorry for the old
cracked pot and he said, “As we return to the masters house, I want you
to notice the beautiful flowers along the path.” The bearer said to the
pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your
path, but not on the other pots side? That’s because I have always
known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower
seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from
the stream, you’ve watered them. For two years, I have been able to
pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my masters table. Without you
being just the way you are, he would not have this beauty to grace his
house.” We re all cracked pots, but if we will allow it, the Lord will use
our flaws to grace His Fathers table. God is the Potter, we are His clay.
Let Him use you daily.