THE POTTER AND THE CLAY
MAIN TEXT – JEREMIAH 18:4 – The vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel as it seemed good to him
Isaiah 64:8 – O lord, you are our Father, we are the clay and you our potter; and all we are the work of your hand.
God Himself used the illustration of the potter and the clay to describe His relationship with mankind. In the book of Jeremiah 18, God instructed the prophet to go to the potter’s house and observe him as he worked on the wheel. At the end of the exercise, God asked the prophet a very important question; “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does”? Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.
Although God allows us freedom to make moral choices, He demonstrates often that He is still sovereign and in control of His universe, doing whatever He wills with His creation – Psalm 135:6, Daniel 4:35. We need frequent reminders that God is over all and can do as He pleases whether we understand His actions or not. Let us therefore appreciate the fact that God has created each of us the way He wants us – Exodus 4:11. It is our responsibility to take what He has given us and use it for His glory and pleasure so as to have ultimate fulfillment.
So, rather than live with disappointment and dissatisfaction with what God has or has not given us. We can choose to thank Him in everything. Just as the clay finds its highest purpose when it remains pliable in the hands of the potter, so our life fulfill its highest purpose when we let our potter have His way with
WOE TO HIM WHO QUARRELS WITH HIS MAKER
PRAYER : Deal with me according to your loving kindness O God.
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