The Potter and Clay
Main Idea: God is at work shaping each believer into the image of the Lord Jesus.
Jeremiah 18.6b (CSB): Just like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, house of Israel.
Devotion: Joe Burrow was the LSU Quarterback who helped lead LSU to win the National Championship in 2020. I found it interesting that the November 2018 game against Texas A&M ended with Burrow having an IV interested because his body had given out after the game (LSU lost; 74-72). He had given it his all. As I’ve considered today’s verse, I’ve thought about the work that Burrow put in to get to where he is.
Burrow did not experience a smooth-road to the National Championship. He experienced pain, rejection, and difficulty. In the same way, we must experience difficulty as we are prepared for great service in God’s Kingdom. Many people want God to do great things through them, but are less eager about God first doing a great work in them.
All of us are currently on the Potter’s Wheel. We are being molded and shaped into the likeness of Christ. Somedays, the experience is easier than others. However, the experience of being molded and shaped by the Potter is always the best. Yes, there are times of intense heat and pressure, but the end result is holiness and righteousness.
Jeremiah understood this. In fact, Jeremiah 18.1-12 is a picture of God’s devotion to our spiritual development and his grace for all who will turn from their sins and trust him. God is actively working to mold you and shape you into the image of our Lord. So friend, embrace it.
-On YouTube, watch “Share Faith Potter’s Hand.” Does this video help you better understand God’s role as the Potter? How so?
-How is God molding and shaping you in this season of life?
-Read Jeremiah 18.1-12. What is God’s ultimate desire for us?
You see, a potter can only mold the clay when it lies completely in his hand. It requires complete
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