The Potter and the Clay

82/365 days of blogging.

Jeremiah 18:6 — “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”

God chose a common scene from Jeremiah’s day for a classic parable.  He told him, “God down to the Potter’s house, and there I will give you my message” (18:2).  Jeremiah did as the Lord commanded.  He watched the skillful hands of the potter knead the clay and form it into a beautiful vessel.  But, before the prophet’s eyes, the potter suddenly broke it.  He had a design in mind and something went wrong.  The design miscarried.  Perhaps a foreign substance got into the clay.

Jeremiah observed that the potter did not discard the clay, but once more took the shapeless mass and kneaded and pummeled and shaped it on his wheel until he had fashioned it into an exquisite vessel.  then the Lord gives his message to the prophet:  “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?  Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand” (18:6).

Something had gone wrong with the clay of humanity.  An impurity had entered into us by the Fall of our first parents.  God has destined humankind for holy living, but sin marred the design.  What an eloquent parable of the indomitable patience of the Divine Potter who has not cast us aside.

God is the potter. We are the clay, the vessel in the making.  Clay has no intrinsic worth; it is not valued for itself but for its potential.  In the hands of this potter we can become a vessel of eternal worth and value.  Calvary provided a second chance for humankind to be made over again.  Praise God, who recreates the marred vessel!  He removes the imperfections and makes us into exquisitely beautiful and useful vessels for his service.  We should be willing and receptive to God’s impact on our lives.  As we yield to God, he begins reshaping us into valuable vessels.

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2 thoughts on “The Potter and the Clay

  1. very nice Jeannie~I especially liked the last paragraph. Isn’t is amazing what Our Heavenly Father can do with us when we become pliable in His hands. Bless you!

    • Isn’t it amazing how we too soon forget how to just let go and let God work in our lives. I am not real great at that myself. My husband, (who is a preacher…lol) has to remind me of that almost daily. All to often we fail to get ourselves out of the way and do His will in our lives. Oh wouldn’t life be so much more if we would just follow His will in our lives instead of our selfish ways.

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