Clay In The Master’s Hands—Day 2
Jeremiah 18: 1-4
“But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.”
Years ago my wife was encouraging me to be a good man who made decisions based on God’s Word. She asked, “Honey, what happens when a ship start its course but gets off track?” I replied, “Overtime there is a wide gap between where the ship is and where the ship is supposed to be.”
If we would be honest with ourselves, in many areas of our lives as believers we have got off course. We started out as a small ship that got off course, and now we are far from where we are supposed to be.
Where we are supposed to be impacts significantly whom we are supposed to be.
As we meditate particularly on verse 4, it is clear God has a plan, and we should move with Him. “But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.”
Did we get that? The clay was not fit for the creative design that the Potter had in mind, so he remade it.
How often do we insist on trying to have things our way? To insist on things going our way is to ignore the all-knowing wisdom of God.
We do not get to choose our path. God has already determined that for us. Whenever we do not fit the path he has for us, instead of changing his plans, he works to change us. Those moments when we experience pain, difficulty, and setbacks, it just might be the Lord molding us into whom we are supposed to be.
Oh, how we wish the Lord would acquiesce and allow us to do whatever we want.
Is the Lord trying to make us over because we do not fit his plans for our lives? Alternatively, are we being obstinate and attempting to force God to move with us?
One of the apparent blessings of this devotional passage today is that the Lord does not throw the clay away, but he quickly and graciously remakes it.
Although we can get off course, it is a blessing to know God is willing to give us another chance.
Question: What are you doing with your second chance?
Lord, although we at times live in disobedience to Your plans, thank you for being patient with us, Amen.