The Potter and the Clay

The next time you are discouraged because you made a mistake or you said something that you wish you had never said read the story of Jeremiah.  Jeremiah was a tender hearted prophet who loved God but became discouraged when the children of Israel would not heed his call to repentance and turn back to God.  Jeremiah assumed that they could not be helped; he believed that they were a lost cause. God wanted to set the record straight with him.  He told Jeremiah to go down to the potter’s house and there he would hear from the Lord.  When he got there, he saw that when the potter did not get the results he expected with his clay, instead of throwing away the spoiled clay, all he did was put the clay back on the potter’s wheel and he began to reshape and mold it into another form – a form that he could use.

Jeremiah learned first hand that God does not discard people when they disobey Him.  He puts them back on the potter’s wheel to mold and shape them into something that would be fit for the master’s use.  The potter is in charge and knows exactly what he wants the end result to be.  The clay can’t say I don’t want to be shaped like that.  The clay must yield and that is what God expects of His children – obedience.  All of our life experiences are designed to make us more like our Lord and Savior, and if God sees something within us that needs to come out, He will deal with us until we look like what He expected.  We are all under the hand of the Lord, and if we will be obedient and do what God tells us to do, we will be fit for the kingdom of God.  However, we do have a choice.  We can choose to remain as we are but then we become useless and we will miss out on all that God has planned.  The Bible tells us that our eyes have not yet seen the destiny God has for those who love and trust in Him.

Today is a good day to get back on the potter’s wheel and let God have His way with you.  It doesn’t matter what you did yesterday.  What matters is that you have an open heart and a teachable spirit.  Seek God.  He is waiting for you.  After all, who knows you better than the One who created you?