Don’t Question the Potter!
He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the LORD. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.” (Jeremiah 18:6)
A potter is an artist, an architect; patiently in creating a masterpiece. It was/is an important undertaking to ancient Israelites as well as to many other cultures. In The potter’s hand was the clay on wheel that revolves horizontally, spinning away. It goes in and out of form, thin to mass; trying to hold a structure.
The potter has an idea of the design that he is trying to create. And if mold doesn’t form or is desirable to the potter. Or maybe the clay becomes to dense or lose; could fall or simply was not acceptable for the purpose envisioned. It can spoil for a number of reasons.
The Jewish culture had many problems with disobedience throughout their history. God created them for specific purpose. They were to be set apart to glorifying him in all that they did. He created laws, prophets, judges, kings, circumstances and the like to form them in His image and to complete His will. They were not shaping in the artwork He intended. When clay becomes its own identity, it is little use to the Potter.
This is Old Testament law, why should we concern ourselves with this?
“Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:21)
Because there are some concepts that ripple into the new covenant, our lives are not to challenge the Designer or the design, but to stay teachable, respectful, submitted, surrendered, humbled, courageous; under the mighty hand of God. It is the Lord whom designs and creates all things for His divine purpose. He crafts and molds us, out of Love, to illuminate His divine nature. The Clay (humanity) shouldn’t disrupt the Potter (God) in the plans he has for us. – Juan Mendez graduated from the Colony of Mercy and now serves their full-time as a Chaplain. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 6-8; 1 John 1
Think About This: If your heart doesn’t ache for people who don’t know Christ, you may not know Christ yourself. —Burk Parsons
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. Psalm 31:20