IN THE HANDS OF THE POTTER
The potter makes vessels of clay by spinning and molding it.
As the potter molds the clay, he pulls, presses, wets, stretches,
and spins it to make it a useful vessel.
If there are stones, sticks, and foreign material in the clay,
he must remove them or the vessel will be marred.
If he is unable to remove the foreign objects,
he is forced to discard the piece of clay
and start over with some clay that he can work with.
Sometimes when the potter is molding the clay,
it doesn’t yield to his hands and becomes marred.
Then he has to start over again.
After he crushes the clay into a lump and remolds it,
then it may become the vessel that he intended it to be.
The whole key to becoming a finished product of value
is in the clay being moldable.
The potter does the work.
The clay just yields.
God is also as a potter in our lives and we are the clay.
How like the clay we are.
Some of us are unwilling to let go of the trash, stones, etc.
in our lives so that the Lord can mold us into something useful.
If we refuse, He cannot use us.
But, if we are willing to let Him mold us,
even though it involves pressure, spinning, wetting, pulling, etc.
The process may be slow and painful,
but we can become vessels of blessing and honor
by yielding to His hands.
The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
Arise, and go down to the potter's house,
and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Then I went down to the potter's house,
and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
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.