Verse of the day
O house of Israel, 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, O house of Israel!”
It is not enough to believe that God exists, neither is it sufficient to accept Him as our Saviour. We must accept His place as Lord over us. We must acknowledge and live by the truth that, “He is God and I am not.”
In our verse for today, God likens the relationship between Him and His children to that of a potter and a clay. This picture says so much about how we are to God. The clay in a potter’s hand really has no choice or opinion in its making. It simply stays still, pliable and quiet beneath the careful, artful hands of the potter.
Every contour is formed to perfection. Sometimes, the potter may have to break and remold this clay but the clay remains there, waiting quietly. And just when it wants to breathe a sigh of relief, the potter carefully drops the clay in the oven. The fire will hurt but still, the clay remains submissive to the potter’s hands. Oh, that we would be as the clay!
God’s intention is not that we claim His redemption and run off on our own, becoming the “god” of our own lives. His call is into a potter-clay relationship that commits Him to us and us to Him. And like the clay, our lives become a consistent submission to God’s careful and loving hands. We wait for His instructions, following His will on every matter and allowing Him to mold us into His very image.
After all, isn’t the point of the Gospel to bring us to God’s purpose for our lives? How can we then come to this beautiful purpose if we evade the loving, creative hands of the Potter?
The Apostle Paul so understood the gospel that it produced in him a life so surrendered that he willingly declared himself as a slave of Christ. He saw himself as an “earthen vessel” God could mold and use as He pleased. It is impossible for us to truly understand the gospel: God’s love and grace through Christ, and not come this point of total surrender.
And even in those times when we feel completely shattered, we remain confident because we know the potter is lovingly working to mold us into perfection.
Thank You, Lord, for being my Potter. I gladly submit to Your loving hands today. Mold me into Your image as You please.
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