The Potter’s Clay
“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”
Regardless of how bad a mess we have made of our lives, and how far we may have run away from God, we are never so broken or so lost in the world that God cannot find us, joyfully accept our returning to Him (Luke 15:32), make us a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) and establish His plan for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11-14a).
However, we must be gratefully humble, prayerfully submissive and faithfully obedient.
In humility we must recognize we cannot re-make ourselves and be grateful He can. In submission we must prayerfully put ourselves in His hands and patiently allow Him to form us, and subject us to the hardening fire of trials and circumstances. We must be always faithful in obedience to follow His instructions so that we will experience the best of His intentions as He accomplishes His will through us, forming us into the image of His Son, Jesus (Romans 8:29).
Stay on the Potter’s wheel. He is still working.
Dive Deeper: Study Luke 15:11-24, 32; Jeremiah 18; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Romans 8:29; Jeremiah 29:11-14a.