The Potter and the Clay
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord,
“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
God often taught Jeremiah by giving him an object lesson. This time He sent him down to the potters shop to observe the potter. As Jeremiah watched him, he saw the potter become unhappy with the way the pot was turning out, so he started over. The Lord wanted Jeremiah to know that He is the potter and can form the clay, which is us, any way He wants. He is in control. It is this way with individuals and with a nation.
But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “Why
did you make me like this? Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump
of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?
God is the Potter. He decides. I keep thinking how often we might try to be the potter or argue with God about the way He made us or the way He is fashioning our wayward ones. It is up to Him. Our only responsibility is to let Him. This includes listening and obeying. This includes worshiping and praising the Potter. This includes watching and waiting as He forms us and as He forms our king’s kids. This includes pursuing the Father. What it doesn’t mean is moving ahead of Him and trying to form ourselves or our children. We cannot possibly know everything, but only what God reveals. He reveals a lot…in His Word, through others, through listening, and through paying attention to what He is doing. He does not reveal everything though. Many things require faith in Him as the Potter.
This group is as much about what God is doing in us as it is in what He is doing in our prodigal’s lives. As we pray for all our children and grandchildren, God is forming us. As we cry out to Him on behalf of all these precious lives, God is working and fashioning them as well. There is no better place to be than in the Potter’s hand. Let’s continue to trust Him to do what only He can do and be a willing vessel in His hands.
Keep praying! Never say “It’s no use” or “What good does it do?” Do not question the Potter. God is working and we may not know exactly what difference our prayers are making, but we can know with confidence that they are making a difference.
Let us not become weary in doing good for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
As you consider God as the Potter, consider what He is like. He is creative, He is thorough, He is loving, and He is sovereign. He already knows what He is making. He takes His time and does it right. What He is doing right now is good and right…for all of us!