The Apostle Paul uses this chapter and similar passages in Isaiah (29:16, 41:25, 45:9, 64:8) in his argument in Romans 9:21. We don’t like the idea of being clay to God’s moulding. What is the message here for the Presbyterian Church, and for your congregation in particular?
God’s truth; the truth of who He is, of who we are, of how the Lord works – The truth is true regardless of how we feel about it.
The imagery of a potter and the clay is so powerful.
We often don’t like it, and it’s a grating truth for many people – The idea that God is Sovereign.
And yet in this truth is great comfort, much joy and freedom!
This is why we are exhorted to cast our cares on the Lord (because He cares for us, because He is sovereign and in control, because we cannot sort them out ourselves).
This is why we are pointed to Jesus; Because we are foolish created beings railing against the Creator, and we cannot get back ourselves that which is lost in sin (a right and true relationship with God).
It’s Jesus that opens our eyes to the framework that God has set in place.
Yes, we are the clay. Yes, He is the potter.
And how wonderful that is! To know that the perfect Sovereign and Holy God is working all things for the good of His people (Romans 8) – How good is this!
We don’t have the power in and of ourselves to affect our destiny. Which really clears things up.
In Jesus == Life.
Not in Jesus == Death.
* Father God,
Thank You that You are a loving, powerful and just Creator and Sustainer. The potter to our clay.
Thank You that there is much comfort for us in this.
Please help us as we wrestle with Your will for our lives, help us to grow in our trust and understanding of these truths.