12th April 2018

The Potter’s Workshop 

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”
Jeremiah 18:6 (NIV)

The Prophet Jeremiah learned something about God in the potter’s house when the word of the Lord came to him: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message. So I went down to the potter’s house, and there I saw him working at the wheel. 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. Then the word of the Lord came to me. 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’” (Jeremiah 18:1-6).

A long time ago I visited a potter’s workshop in Wales and I saw a little of what is involved with the potter’s work. I watched as the craftsman was working at the wheel, shaping a pot from the clay that swirled through his hand. Then something went wrong. Perhaps there was some impurity in the clay. But the potter did not throw the clay aside; instead, he started forming another pot with a new design. This is a picture of how our Lord works. Isaiah 64:8 says, “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” The Lord is continually shaping his people. He takes our flawed material and turns it into a new creation. When we believe in Christ, we become new creations. Like the potter who did not throw the clay away, but made another pot with the same clay, so God does the same with us. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”

Notice something else about the potter and his wheel. A potter must be willing to get his hands into the clay. God is involved with us—he does not stand at arms length from his work. He gets his fingers and hands into it. He saw that we need a Saviour to rescue us from sin, so he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to give his life in our place (John 3:16).

God has the right to make of us what he will. Notice in Romans 9:21 it says, “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?” We are but clay and God is our master potter—let’s be thankful that God is our master potter who is moulding and shaping us into the beautiful spiritual vessel he designs us to be.

Almighty and everlasting God, we are thankful that you are our master potter, moulding and shaping us into the spiritual vessel you want us to be. In Jesus name.

Study by Dennis Payne


About the Author:
Dennis Payne attends the North London Congregation of the Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion International London
Indian YMCA
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:   london@gracecom.church

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