He made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter…‘ Jeremiah 18:4 NKJV
While you are on the Potter’s wheel, consider these two things:
(1) The Potter’s plan and pleasure are what matter.
He has the right to make you into anything He chooses. What matters most is that His plan for your life be fulfilled and His pleasure in you be realised. Can you imagine a potter discussing with the clay what it would prefer to become?
No. Only he has the wisdom to make that decision. So instead of struggling with the will of God, rejoice that ‘…God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him‘ (Philippians 2:13 NLT).
(2) The Potter will not stop until the job is done.
God’s job would be simple if we were just inanimate lumps of clay. But we’re clay animated by self-will and ‘we want what we want, when we want it.’ However, rather than giving in to us, or giving up on us, the Potter keeps working and reworking the clay, day after day, until we gradually begin to take on a shape He can use for His glory.
This sometimes calls for radical action on His part: ‘But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over again‘ (Jeremiah 18:4 NLT). God is so committed to His objective in your life that He won’t quit – even though it means allowing you to be crushed and starting the process over again.
So be patient and stay on the wheel; what God has in mind for you is worth it.
Soul Food: Judg 12-15; Matt 12:38-50; Ps 47; Pro 13:11-12
Written by Bob & Debby Gass
Saturday, 23 May 2015