THE CLAY IN THE POTTER’S HAND

“Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.”

Jeremiah 18:2 KJV

The prophet Jeremiah learned something about God in a potter’s shop. The craftsman was working at his wheel, shaping a pot from the clay that swirled through his hands. Then something went wrong. Perhaps there was some impurity in the clay. But the potter did not fling the clay aside; instead, he started forming another pot with a new design.What would happen if the clay decided it didn’t like the shape into which it was being molded? The clay would probably become spoiled, ruined, or marred, while spinning on the wheel. The potter would then have to pound the clay back into a lump and start again. Does this sound familiar? Has this happened in your life? Have you been pounded back into a lump so that the Potter could start over? Clay is not supposed to have a will of its own. Only the Potter’s will is important.It becomes a question of sovereignty; God’s sovereignty which means God gets to shape the clay. Clay shaped by the potter becomes a useful vessel. It becomes a vessel useful for the Master’s purpose. The bible says, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” Jeremiah 18:4 KJV  That’s a picture of how our Lord works. He is continually shaping His people. He takes our flawed material and turns it into a new creation. Just as it is in the song, ” mold me, use me, fill me, call me, guide me, lead me, walk beside me, I give my life to the Potter’s Hand.” We are the clay and God is the Potter that forms us into a vessel, just as it says in the bible, “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” Isaiah 64:8 KJV  Notice something else about the potter and his wheel. A potter must be willing to get his hands into the clay. God is involved with His creation, and God is involved with you. He does not stand at arm’s length from His work. He gets His fingers and hands into it. He saw that we needed a Savior to rescue us from our sin, so He sent His only Son,  Jesus Christ to give His life in our place. Just as it says in the bible, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 KJV  When we believe in Christ, we become new creations, which God then molds and shapes to make us like His Son. God is the master craftsman, and when we are submissive to His fingers we show His creative touch. The bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 KJV  So why not put your Trust and Faith in Jesus Christ today, because He is the one that died on the cross to pay the penalty for your sins so that you could have that free gift of eternal life. Amen

By: Jeff Ellinger


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3 Responses to THE CLAY IN THE POTTER’S HAND

  1. i want to know the practical and tactical way of summiting to the master as a cay

    • lnger says:

      I believe that God is absolutely sovereign and whatever He desires to happen will happen, but I also believe that somewhere in the mystery of what He has determined to do with humans, He has provided a way for REAL relationship, response, and responsibility. God’s sovereignty via the image of the potter, but in the midst of the revelation God reveals that humans differ from clay in that we are capable of response. The result is that OUR RESPONSE in some way has an impact on God’s plan. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:” Psalms 19:1-2, 8:5-6 KJV

  2. i want to know the practical and tactical way of summiting to the master as a clay

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