Updated: May 6, 2020
"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." Isaiah 64:8
"But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him." Jeremiah 18:4
Where I grew up, we (my brother and I) could walk to the water's edge at a river off of the Chesapeake Bay. In that river's sandy shores there was a lot of clay. As children we would dig out the clay and shape them into animals and allow the clay animals to dry in the sun. Often despite drying them they would crumble and shatter.
I think about how God's Word reminds us we are the clay. We are shaped and molded to do His good works that he planned ahead of time for us. When I was a very young Christian I did not like being compared to a lump of clay (smelly and hard to manage). As I look back I see that is a perfect analogy.
Sin is a stench to our perfect God and when we are bent on living our lives as we see fit, we are hard/stubborn like that clay.
But….I always like the word but, in this case it means there is more to just being clay. :) He loves us so much that He works that hard/stubbornness out of us and makes us into a vessel He can use. Not unlike the process of sanctification. If we are not stubborn or hard and allow Him to shape us using situations and other people we will be more Christ-like.
Oh and just like the clay dug up and formed an animal …. He works with us making us malleable and then strengthens this clay in the fire of trials/tests much like a kiln. So unlike those creations of my childhood only left to dry in the sun, we are made into the servant He created us to be.
Father, please help the reader of my message today feel your presence ever shaping them and help them to know in their heart you're holding them in the palm of your hand. Show them their purpose and what type of vessel you have made them to be. And despite this time of uncertainty I pray you will use it to make us stronger in YOU Lord. Amen