Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 6, 2018
So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 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…. Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand. Jeremiah 18:3-4, 6
We are God’s work of art. If we are a follower of Jesus Christ, God owns us. He is the potter, and we are the clay. Our life is destined to be a masterpiece in the hands of our Master Jesus. It requires a lifetime of molding and shaping, but our life after experiencing the grace of God is more attractive than before God’s grace governed our life.
There are a least two prerequisites to a life masterpiece molded by God. One is a masterful artist, and the other is moist clay. One without the other is doomed for failure. A gifted artist can be motivated and available, but without a subject he only works in his imagination. A person can long to be the object of an artist’s inspiration, but there must first be a relationship in order for him or her to benefit.
God is the artist, and you are His subject. His part is to mold and create. Your part is to be available and teachable. This is how your Master works. He needs your life coupled with your undivided attention and your moldable heart and mind. Dry and brittle clay is useless in the hand of the potter. It cracks under pressure and gives in to discomfort.
However, clay that is moist and moldable is full of potential. In the beginning, the sticky mire is unpleasing and uninviting to the eyes, but over time it begins to take shape. The molding process is not easy. Sometimes you feel discombobulated and shapeless. You know God is in control, but your circumstances have you feeling upside down and spiraling out of control. This is God’s wheel of wisdom. Uncertainty and dizziness are God’s opportunity to grip the dampened clay of your heart and form dependence on Him.
Feel His fingers of compassion, hope, and holiness. He not only comforts you but also conforms you into the image of His Son Jesus. He has the big picture in mind as He looks down on the potter’s wheel. Your perspective is limited as you look up from the clay-soaked wheel, peering up into the faithful face of the potter. “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son” (Romans 8:29).
He is passionate about His work of art. Out of billions in the world, you are His unique masterpiece. You are His one and only. He broke the mold on you and everyone else. No one is quite like you. No one! Yes, He is still smoothing rough edges and spinning out impediments to His will. Your life stays moldable through humility and teachability.
Sometimes it is the water of adversity that keeps the clay moist. Other times it is success that dampens the dirt. Whatever God is using to mold your character, do not resist. Let Him process your life through His caressing and caring hands. It is better to be in the hands of God, spinning in uncertainty, than to be on our own, riskless and restless. You are a beautiful masterpiece in process that one day will be completed by your Creator.
“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? ‘Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “Why did you make me like 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 9:20–21).
PrayerHeavenly Father, thank You for creating me uniquely and beautifully for Your purposes, in Jesus’ name, amen.
ApplicationDo I willingly submit to my Master’s molding into the character of Christ?
Related ReadingIsaiah 29:15–16; Isaiah 45:9; Isaiah 64:8; Matthew 10:29–31; Philippians 3:20–21
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