“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: ‘Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand… Return, every one from his evil way, and amend your ways and your deeds.’” Jeremiah 18:1-6,11
We were made from dust, the ‘clay’ of the earth, and in Eden, perfectly. But since the fall, we are all marred. Thanks be to the merciful Potter that He handles and reworks us! He kneads our hearts to remove the pieces of foreign grit, reshaping us, fashioning us for His use and glory. As in divine authority He spins His world on its axis, He ever spins His wheel of our lives in sovereign order and smooth precision, applying pressure from circumstances, experiences, dilemmas, sorrows, contrition, to develop and form certain areas that make up His plans for us, His vessel. Whether made for noble or, in the world’s eyes, ignoble use, we are all jars of clay with the high calling to carry His light. (Romans 9:21; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7; 2 Timothy 2:21)
Do I feel broken beyond repair? Make haste to the Potter! Do I get discouraged with repeated sin? Run to the Potter! Do I loathe what I have allowed myself to tolerate– the bitterness I have fertilized with my sense of desert, the sloth I have entertained one time too many, the ugly words I let fly that have wrought destruction on reputations and relationships, the decisions I made that have left scars? The Potter’s door is open wide and God awaits with mercy, welcoming my marred soul at His beautiful wheel, into His loving, gracious hands.
“What love could remember no wrongs we have done? Omniscient, all-knowing, He drowns out their sum; Thrown into a sea without bottom or shore; Our sins they are many, His mercy is more.” ~ Matt Boswell and Matt Papa (2016)
Even recognizing these areas and ruing them is a mercy from God. His exposing the error of our ways, the depravity of our souls, leads us to repentance. How wondrous is his pursuing love, how kind his conviction of sin! He desires to remake me that I may bear His image and assignments well. When my marred meets His mercy, mercy wins, fashioning me for the occasions He appoints. (Romans 2:4; 2 Corinthians 7:10)
Almighty Potter, apply your strong hands to me, that I may be reworked and molded to Your design for this day, and every day. May I yield to Your fresh mercies each morning, and as Your vessel, be filled to bear Your praise and light to all I meet. (Lamentations 3:22-23; Ephesians 5:18)