“But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, ‘Why have you made me like this?’”
The best picture of submission is one of clay in a potter’s hands. The potter transforms the clay from a shapeless handful of ugly mud into an exquisite object of beautiful art. The potter is totally in charge of the transformation, and the end-product is determined in large part by his patience and skill. As followers of Jesus, we can be sure we have the best Master Potter!
Sometimes God allows extreme circumstances, like prison or other hardships of life, to get our attention. Often these may come as a consequence of poor choices made by ourselves or others, but they are best viewed as opportunities for positive change. To be transformed, a piece of clay must be soft so it will yield. We must consciously and willingly submit to God.
We may not understand why God made us the way He did, or what He is trying to teach us in the midst of our trials and circumstances. However, we must trust Him to mold us into a vessel of honor He can use and work through to positively impact others.
Will you submit to the Hand of the Potter? Prayerfully put yourself in His Hands daily and patiently allow Him to form you. As you willingly submit to the hardening fire of trials and circumstances, trust Him today to make a beautiful vessel.
The Potter knows what He is making.
Dive Deeper: Study Romans 9.