Have you ever gone on an excursion or a facility visit where God Himself was the Guide and Instructor? Prophet Jeremiah did. God called him one day seemed to say “Hey! Jerry, rise up and get down to the potter’s house. I have something to show you there ” Jeremiah rose up at once and went down to the potter’s house. There, he saw the potter working on the wheels, trying to make a pot with the clay. But the vessel became a mess, a far cry from what he had intended. Yes without much ado, the potter started remolding with the same clay. He kept working at it and he had made another vessel; finer, better and more beautiful than the first one.
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From the potter’s scene, it is observed that:
1. The clay did not struggle or murmur against the potter or accuse him, during the process of moulding and re-moulding (Isaiah 54:9) .
2. The clay yielded itself to the potter to make any vessel or shape of it as he pleased (Romans 9:21, Jeremiah 18:6).
3. That the vessel was destroyed initially didn’t mean it had become good for nothing. The potter was still able to make a wonderful shape, as long as the clay remained in his hand (Isaiah 64:7-8).
4. The clay could not make itself; it required the initiative of the potter for the clay to be made into anything significant or desirable (John 15:5).
Applied to human, we are the clay in the hands of the Almighty God who is the Great potter.
Having been redeemed by the Lord, believers become God’s workmanship ( Ephesians 2:10) and he plans to fashion grand designs out of us, graciously endowed creatures very well capable of all good works. In the process of molding us , He will knock some things out of us, while he imparts some into us. The end result will be His own delight; a wonder to behold (psalm 139:14).
For this process to be accomplished, every believer must exhibit the attitude of “YIELDEDNESS” , which means:
Y- Yearn for nothing but God’s glory alone and His own image should be stamped deep on your heart (Isaiah 43:7).
I- Incline your heart to obey God always (Psalm 119:112) .
E- Ease yourself of every worry and anxiety ( Matthew 6:25- 34).
L- Love the Lord with all your heart . Lean upon and lean of Him (Deuteronomy 6:5, proverbs 3:5, Matthew 11:28) .
D- Dwell in the light, denounce every work of darkness and disciple your flesh (Ephesians 5:8, 11)
N- Never struggle with the Lord or resist Him in any way (Isaiah 29:16, 1Peter 5:6).
E- Empty yourself of everything that could hinder the moulding process (Ephesians 4:31). Endure hardness, entreat the Lord for Grace to continue to the end.
S- Stand fast and firm in the Faith (1corinthians 16:13) sort out any disagreement you have with anyone. (Act 24:16).
S- Savor the pleasure of God’s presence always (psalm 4:16). Suffer as a Christian if need be, is part of the molding process.
As you fully yield yourself to the capable hands of the Great potter, He’ll make of you what you never thought you could be!