Have you ever watched someone making a pot out of a lump of clay? It is fascinating to watch the clay spin around while the potter’s skilled hands shape it and smooth our the rough places. Sometimes the clay has dirt in it, and the potter may have to break the pot down into another lump and start all over. But the finished product looks good and is useful because the potter knew what he was doing.
Jeremiah the prophet said that the nation of Israel was like a lump of clay in God’s hands. In Jer. 18:6 he said, “as the clay is in the potter’s hands, so are you in mine hand, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter, saith the Lord.”
God was trying to make Israel into a useful nation but the had to remove some impurities, and he even had to break the nation down and start over.
Jeremiah’s story of the clay should remind us that we too are in God’s hands. He may be trying to make us more useful, but because of some impurities we have to be broken down so that God can remake us.
Has God been molding your life? Has he been removing impurities, or has be had to break you so that he can start over? If he has, don’t be frightened or discouraged, but yield your life to God for his skilled hands can make us more useful as he makes us more like Jesus Christ.