Yet, O LORD, you are our Father,
We are the slay, You are the
we are all the work of Your hand (Isaiah 64:8)
This is a very interesting verse if we know how a potter selects and mixes different kinds of clay to make pottery. The potter very patiently shapes his thoughts in to reality. After shaping, the potter trims the pot and puts the best ones separate and not so very special ones separate. Yet the potter throws away the pots that lost its shape during the process or the mixture that the potter was using was of no good. The the potter puts the pottery in furnace to season the pottery and paints it with colorful colors, giving it final shape.
The similar lesson we see Prophet Jeremiah learnt at the command of God, (Jeremiah 18:1-8). As Jeremiah learnt, we also learn a great about our Potter. God knows that spiritual maturity can't be rushed, He forms our Christ-like character slowly--one experience at a time. That means He must also have perseverance, as human clay sometimes shifts off-center and becomes misshapen. Just as clay can be fashioned only when it sits precisely in the middle of the wheel, Christians must be in the Father's will to grow spiritually. The Potter maneuvers the drifting believer back into position and begins remolding. He never discards His vessels but tirelessly works to perfect them.
Our God is a personal Potter. His creations reflect His personality and character. And His Spirit is poured into each human vessel so He can be an intimate part of our life. The result is a work of true beauty--a pottery wholly committed to Him.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the LORD Jesus Christ. (Philemon 1:3)
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