Today’s message is powerful as it speaks to us about our future.
I’m going to read from Jeremiah 18 1:6 and talk about the potter and the clay. The Lord said to Jeremiah ‘Go down
to the potter’s shop and I will speak to you there.’ So he did as he was instructed and found the potter working at
his wheel. In the context of this message, God is the potter. God is working at the wheel. Who is at the centre
of the wheel? You and I!
Jeremiah 18 1:4 ‘But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped. So he crushed it into a ball
again, and started all over. Then the Lord gave me this message: Oh Israel, can I not do to you as this potter
has done to this clay? As the clay is in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hands’.
When you look at the picture at the top of this post, you see that the clay is in the centre of the potter’s
hands. God is the potter and we are the clay! God’s hands are always working on us.
Maybe, right now, you feel stressed or disorientated about life. Don’t be. Whatever is happening to you, God
is working on you. If you look at the picture of the clay it’s not uniform, it isn’t straight up and down. In
some places it goes in and in other places it goes out. God is removing some things from your life but in
other areas he’s adding to it. You then become that perfect vessel he always intended for you. There is no
mistake with God! The Bible said that the potter started again because he saw that things were not quite right
so he started again from scratch. If God didn’t have a plan, He wouldn’t start again. He wouldn’t have chosen
to send Jesus if he didn’t have a plan for humanity.
Another thing the picture of the potter’s wheel shows us is that God is willing to get involved in our lives,
no matter how messy they may be. He has a delicate touch as he moulds us, just like the potter with his clay.
He may remove some parts of the clay but he adds some parts too. God is always working with us, removing and
adding. It’s amazing to watch a potter work with clay, one tiny, delicate movement and the clay rises and
begins to take shape.
You may be thinking, ‘I’m not going forward with my life’ but you don’t always need to be moving forward to
grow. You can stay in one place and still grow. God sometimes wants us to wait in his presence. You may feel
like you are spinning around, like the clay on the potter’s wheel. But when the potter touches the spinning
clay, something amazing happens: the clay rises and begins to take shape! I pray today that God’s finger will
touch your life and remove those things that are keeping you dormant and expose those things that He created
in you when He put you on the wheel. God has a purpose for you.