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?
* Dear God, please show us Your word today.
“Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
The imagery of a potter and the clay is powerful.
We might not like it, it is a grating hard truth for many people. The idea of God’s SOVEREIGNTY.
And yet in this truth we can find 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, because we cannot sort them out ourselves.
This is why we are pointed to Jesus. Because we are foolish created beings railing against our Creator, THE Creator. Because we cannot get back what is lost in sin (a right and true relationship with our Creator God).
It is 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 chapter 8) – How good this is!
We don’t have the power to affect our destiny. We are not the masters of our fate. We are not the captains of our souls.
It is Jesus!
* Father God,
Thank You that You are a loving, powerful and just Creator and Sustainer God.
Thank You that we can find much comfort in You being the potter and we being the clay.
Please help us as we wrestle with Your will for our lives.
Please help us to grow in our trust in and understanding of You.