Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”
(Matthew 9:16-17 (NIV))
We are those wineskins. Jesus came to give us new life. Without this new life, the gift of salvation and eternal life with God would have “burst” us. Even Moses, who was God’s servant and did not see death, feared to look upon God.
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. (Exodus 3:5-6)
If God had poured out His grace and mercy on us without re-making us in His image, it would have destroyed us. But, instead, God takes the old wineskins that were cracked and old from sin and death and renewed them by creating in us a clean heart. A heart that is ready to accept the new wine of His Holy Spirit.
Our hearts are the wineskins. They can be hard and brittle and incapable of change, or they can be soft and pliable and readily welcome whatever God may decide to pour into them. It is a matter of attitude. We can decide the state of our “wineskins.”
Are you cracked and ready to burst, or are you refreshed and overflowing?