29th December 2012

We Are In God’s Hands

“So I went down to the potters house, and 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: ‘Oh 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…’”
Jeremiah 18:3-6 (NIV)

God is the Potter and we are the clay.  Clay that is put on a wheel and whirled around as the Potter sees fit until we come to the likeness He wants.  Don’t lose heart, God knows what He is doing and what shape we should be.  “…O Lord, you are our Father.  We are the clay, and you are the Potter.  We all are formed by your hand.”  (Isaiah 64:8 NLT)

Job in the Bible knew this.  He said, “You formed me with your hands; you made me…” (Job 10:8 NLT).  And David also knew God’s hands had made him.  He said, “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me…” (Psalm 119:73 KJV.

Isaiah 45:9 (NLT) says, “Does a clay pot argue with its maker?  Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘stop, you’re doing it wrong!’”  No, of course not.  So we must remember we are only clay and like Paul wrote to Timothy, we should lift our hands to God in prayer.  “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.”  (1 Timothy 2:8 KJV).

Thank you, Father, that we are in your safe hands and that you know exactly what you are doing.  Please help us to always trust you and submit to your hands.

Study by Jill Newman

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