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Devotional - week of January 21, 2007


clay in the potter's hand

 

"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?" says the Lord. "Look, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!  Jeremiah 18:6

 

Jeremiah obeyed when the Lord told him to go to the potter’s house. As Jeremiah watched the potter work, the vessel the potter was making was marred. The potter then began molding the clay into another vessel that seemed good to him.

 

The Lord then told Jeremiah that Israel was in His hand just like the clay was in the potter’s hand. God will do with Israel what seems good to Him.

 

All believers are clay in the Lord’s hand. It is helpful to know how God makes us into what seems good to Him. Psalm 139:13-14 tells us that God was making us into what He desired even before birth.

 

For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made … Psalm 139:13-14

 

God makes individual believers into vessels He wants them to be by giving each believer a gift for service in the Kingdom:

 

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  1 Corinthians 12:4-6

 

Hebrews 5:8 is a convincing statement that God makes believers into the vessels He wants them to be through suffering.

 

… though He [Jesus] was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 

Hebrews 5:8

 

God makes believers into the vessels He desires by teaching them and prompting them to live out their union with Christ. The Apostle Paul’s testimony in Galatians 2:20 can be the testimony of all believers.

 

 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me … Galatians 2:20