‘As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.’ Jeremiah 18:6 NKJV
Ever watched a potter make a bowl on a wheel? Check YouTube, if you haven’t. There are special requirements for the clay: not too wet, not too dry, not too hard, not too soft. The prophet Jeremiah was told by God to go and watch pots being made. So: ‘I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred… so he made it again into another vessel… Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: …“Can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.”’ (Jeremiah 18:3–6 NKJV)
There are three important lessons in this story:
(1) As long as you stay pliable and responsive to God, He will never throw you away. Instead, He’ll mould you into something beautiful He can use.
(2) When others put you down, God will lift you up. A potter doesn’t press down on the clay, he continuously lifts it up and shapes it as it spins on the wheel. And God will do that for you too. David said, ‘He… brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock.’ (Psalm 40:2 NKJV)
(3) Notice whose foot is on the wheel. If he could, Satan would have thrown you off the wheel a long time ago, but he can’t. Look under the table and see the foot on the wheel. It’s the Potter’s! And nothing can separate you from His love (see Romans 8:39).
SoulFood: Heb 11:4–12:3, 1 Chron 17:1–20 Ps 18:20–29, Prov 4:18
word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017
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