“So I went down to the potter’s 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:”O 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
As Christians, we belong to Christ. He is the master over our lives, and He determines our steps. He is constantly working to break us, mold us and change us to bear a closer resemblance to His image. Often this process is painful and can be confusing. A friend shared this poem with me the other day and I was encouraged to remember that in every change, God has a purpose and a plan. He is working through every trial. He is faithful through every test. Praise God for His faithfulness, even when His care comes through pruning and correction.
When God wants to drill a man
And thrill a man
And skill a man,
When God wants to mold a man
To play the noblest part;
When He yearns with all His heart
To create so great and bold a man
That all the world shall be amazed,
Watch His methods, watch His ways!
How He ruthlessly perfects
Whom He royally elects!
How he hammers him and hurts him,
And with mighty blows converts him
Into trial shapes of clay which
Only God understands;
While his tortured heart is crying
And he lifts beseeching hands!
How He bends but never breaks
When his good He undertakes;
How He uses whom He chooses
And with every purpose fuses him;
By every act induces him
To try His splendor out-
God knows what He’s about!
Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Is 64:8