Potter’s Prerogative

We are clay in the Potter’s hand. We desire to be molded into something – someone – amazing. He has started us off on the way we should go and is waiting to see if we will turn from it. Give him glory for what and where you are, and as clay, don’t judge the Potter…

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. 7 If at any time I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down and destroyed, 8 and if that nation I warned repents of its evil, then I will relent and not inflict on it the disaster I had planned.

11 “Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘This is what the Lord says: Look! I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.’
Jeremiah 18:1-8, 11

20 “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?
Romans 9:20-21

We are clay in the Potter’s hand. Life will be so much better if we can come to terms with this. Our tendency is to be happy with the idea as long as the Potter is making us into a Ming Vase. We want to be beautiful and treasured and valuable and sought after. Potter, mold me into something wonderful…

The truth is, as the Potter, God makes us into objects of his love and plan, and then watches to see if we will live in accordance. I might reflect that he, as our Father, has started us off on the way we should go (Proverbs 22:6) and is waiting to see if we will turn from it.

Quite often, we take issue with the direction, don’t we? We aren’t satisfied with the lot in life which God provides, and we push back or go sideways or simply resent God. We don’t have such rights. We are clay on the wheel. If your purpose is ‘special’ or ‘common,’ rather than focusing on yourself, consider giving glory to God for what and where you are, and realize you are loved and treasured by God. That’s the point.

And if we turn to our own ways, after God has started us down the path of his choosing, we shouldn’t be surprised if he adds some water and spins us into a new pot. That’s the Potter’s prerogative. Our prerogative is to repent and go in God’s direction. Our prerogative is to reform our ways and our actions if we want to be in the Potter’s good graces.

Some of us are bristling at this whole concept. This is because we continue to judge God and the way he works. Our pride has elevated us to the place in which we believe we can evaluate the ways and means of the Potter.

I pray you will come to terms with these things before you are humbled into a lump again.


Marc Kinna

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