Like Clay in God's Hands

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How receptive and sensitive are we to what God wants to make us? How teachable are we?

"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel."

(Jeremiah 18:6)

Martin’s wife, Yusandra, is a potter in her spare time - a "ceramic sculptor" is their description. She makes decorative figures out of clay. To put it very simply, she coils clay, molds it, fires it and decorates it. Which is rather how God lovingly deals with us!

God wants to mold us into His people. He wants to fashion our character and our lives. However, we sometimes fight back and don’t want to respond to His work in our lives; we resist Him when He tries to remove the blemishes or shape thing in a way with which we aren’t quite as comfortable. We think we know best. But the clay can’t talk back to the hand! And our heavenly Father has the right to shape the clay of our lives according to His perfect will.

So today’s question is: How receptive and sensitive are we to what God wants to make us? How teachable are we? How open to reason are we? One test is to see how we respond to the situations that God puts us in. Do we resist Him – or rest in Him? Are we willing to submit to others, or do we always rigidly want our own way? Another test is to see how we respond in conversations. Do we truly listen to other people, or are we just waiting for them to finish so we can give our point of view?

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we are to be weak or spiritless, or that we are to have no strong convictions; but we are first and foremost to be given to God and to letting His will prevail. We need to ask Him to make us malleable, knocking off those sharp edges of our character, and giving us the strength to keep looking to Him when He is disciplining us. May He help us today to truly be like clay in His hands.

Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)

Copyright © 2017 Martin Manser and Mike Beaumont

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