In the Potter’s Hand

O house of Israel, cannot l do with you as this potter? Saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel”. Jeremiah 18:6

The nation of Israel had abandoned the worship of the only true God and had decided to be like the pagan nations around them. They chose their own gods and rebelled against the true Lover of their souls. They refused to yield to the discipline of the LORD, and refused to obey Him.

Jeremiah, the prophet of the LORD, was commanded to visit the potter’s house to wait for a message from Him. He found the potter at work, busy at his wheel.

But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had expected, so he crushed it into a lump of clay and started all over again. Jeremiah 18:4

After observing the skill and ease with which the practising potter handled the helplessly marred clay with his hands, and the yielding of the clay, being malleable, rewarding his efforts as he gradually molded it into a distinct form and shape, the Prophet got the message; it was so clear to him now: lsrael could have been like that clay in the hands of God, the Divine Potter. Yielded, malleable, and obedient. God desired to mould His people into the desired shape and form, but lsrael wouldn’t submit to the Divine Potter.

Clay in its natural state was seldom fit for any good thing. It has to necessarily undergo several stages of preparation: it must be softened by mixing it with water. Next, it is sifted to get rid of all unwanted particles like stones and sticks and other debris. This was the process of refining natural clay in order to make the very best vessels; a fine vessel that will harden and hold even liquids and still maintain its shape. To achieve this, the moulded clay has to be exposed to a minimum temperature of about 500° degrees. The beauty of a properly fired clay vessel is that it will not breakdown or disintegrate, even if buried for thousands of years.

God cannot use the natural man the way he is without first conditioning him and moulding him to become suitable. In our day too, we need to submit ourselves to God’s conditioning to be useful for His purpose for our lives. Every one needs to go through certain phases of preparation in order to be the right state suitable for any area of usefulness we need to fit. This is accomplished through the LORD’S discipline. And discipline us He will, as long and as often as we deviate from conforming to His model.

The different stages of mellowing us up and getting the hardness, the l- am-set-in- my – ways – kind of stuff out of us, rendering us more versatile, easy to accept new modeling and to adapt readily. God uses the circumstances and situations of our lives to “sift” us so the unwanted and the unusable debris we may have collected and accumulated over previous experiences and encounters may be eliminated. For we do have need to unlearn some of those.

Cannot God do to us as the potter did to the clay? Even much more?

God can do marvelous things with us if only we will yield ourselves completely to Him. If only we will humble ourselves before Him and allow Him to have His way with us. If we cease from questioning Him at every turn, and instead, trust in His wisdom; following His lead rather than trying to take over the reins.

“Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, and at the right time, He will lift you up in honor.”

1 Peter 5:6

When we yield to the LORD’S discipline, we allow Him to break us up, and remold us to fit His purposes. We make it easy for Him to shape us up. To make us a delight. Useful, and meet for every good function.

As His dear children, He knows what’s best for us ultimately, and will do what is best for us. When we yield willingly, the changes are so profound, and the process is far easier and quicker. On the other hand, when we are stubborn and chose a path of resistance to His workings in us, we only prolong the process and also tire ourselves out.

Trust Him, He is the Master Craftsman, and every single vessel that passes through His hands comes out as a masterpiece.

We are to conform to the image of Christ. That’s the desired form we are to attain to. And the Divine Potter is diligently at work in us, molding us to be more and more like Christ.

Thanks for spending time with me.

2 thoughts on “In the Potter’s Hand

  1. Amen. Lord all I ask is to be like Jesus. You are the Potter n I am the clay so mould me to conform with Your Son Jesus. Amen n Amen.


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