Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Lesson of the Potter's Will ..."The Potter Shapes the Clay to an Intended Purpose"

You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, that what is made would say to its maker, "He did not make me"; or what is formed say to him who formed it, "He has no understanding?" (Isaiah 29:16)

Jeremiah 18:4 And 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 the potter to make.

The nation of Judah had grown hard and brittle ... a pot ready to be thrown to the potsherd (a place for broken pottery).  They had sinned against their creator, their potter ... Almighty God. 

For my people have done two evil things: They have forsaken me--the fountain of living water. And they have dug for themselves cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all!  Jeremiah 2:13
NLT  They were "cracked pots" looking to have their own way.  Their lives were in need of the Potter's work, will, word and way.

Can you see yourself as a lump of clay in the hand of God? Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.  Here is the first time God touched our lifeless clay.  We have been given life by the Potter!  There are certain things we must remember.  The first is that we are clay. The relationship cannot be overstated ... God is the Potter and you and I are the clay.  Taking hold of this truth, the lessons from the potter's house are applicable to our lives.  

Next we must remember God is sovereign.  There are many circumstances and people who try to shape the clay but always remember that He is the only potter who made the clay and can make no mistake in molding it.  When we were born we were capable of being molded.  But, in time (just like clay) we become hardened.  Unlike the clay, we are prone to go one step further and try to leap off the wheel.  But our lives, like the marred clay, can be refashioned and made into something useful, when respectfully placed in the Potter's hand.

"How I wish there were some wonderful place
called the land of beginning again; 
Where all our mistakes and all our heartaches
could be left like a shabby old coat at the door
never to be worn again. "

God is willing and ready to give us a second chance.  There are many who believe that God was merely creator and that He had His hands on everything that was created but then just gave the world a spin and lets it run as He watches what happens.  The sovereignty of God is not a popular subject in the midst of a self-sufficient, pride-filled world.  But God is intricately involved in our lives and will work to mold us even when we harden ourselves to His design.

Lastly, we must remember that the wheel is the circumstance of life.  Sometimes the wheel spins slowly and at other times it spins swiftly.  Through experiences of grief and love, loss and gain, our lives are shaped as they spin on the wheel.  The Potter knows what is needed to mold the clay.
Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Wounded and weary, help me I pray!
Power, all power, surely is Thine!
Touch me and heal me, Savior divine!

Scripture to Claim:
The precious sons of Zion, valuable as fine gold, how they are regarded as clay pots, the work of the hands of the potter!  Lamentations 4:2

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