BROKEN VESSEL OR PLIABLE CLAY?
Memorise: “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” – (Isaiah 64:8).
READ JEREMIAH 18:1-6 (KJV)
1. The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2. Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
3. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
4. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
5. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
6. O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: JEREMIAH 18:1-6 (KJV)
The events in today’s Bible reading reveals that God speaks to His own at the time He chooses, using a format of His choice. You cannot rush God to speak His mind, and neither can you identify any style in particular as the format He normally follows whenever He wants to speak.
In time past, He has spoken through the whirlwind, thunder, fire, a donkey and through the works of a potter. If you desire to relate with Him, you must wait on Him until you hear Him speak, and you also need to open up your heart because He can speak to you through the most unexpected and inconsequential of things.
God can even send you to the ants to hear His word as He did in Proverbs 6:6. It is amazing that God told Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house in order to hear His word there. Why didn’t God talk to Jeremiah right where he was? The ways of our God are past finding out! Jeremiah met the potter working on a vessel, as seems good to him. After observing this, God then spoke to Jeremiah, saying in
Jeremiah 18:6 – “O house of Israel, cannot I do without you as this potter? Saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel.”
Although all power in heaven and earth belong to God, it is not in His character to force His will or desire on any man. He loves to work with pliable materials that willingly yield themselves to His authority. He loves those who give Him the freedom to mould whatever he deems fit with their lives, just like the potter did with the clay. In other words, God wants His children to completely surrender their lives to Him so that He can make something absolutely glorious out of them.
He considers our resistance to His will as an unwise rejection of His love and beneficial grace. God is asking you today, will you allow me remold and reshape your life as the Potter? Be wise and surrender your life to Jesus today. He will make something beautiful out of your life. The destiny of anyone who continues to resist or strive with God is like a broken vessel or smashed clay jar that is damage beyond repair (Isaiah 45:9, Jeremiah 19:10-13). Let’s consider the example of some people who ended up as broken vessels. In (1 Samuel 15:1-35), God rejected Saul as king because of his continued and unrepented disobedience, rebellion and stubbornness.
Also Gehazi’s situation went beyond redemption in (2 Kings 5:20-27): he inherited Naaman’s leprosy as a result of untamed greed and covetousness. Judas Iscariot had the good fortune of being with Jesus, like other disciples, but he rejected several warnings the Lord gave and ended up as a broken vessel. You will not end up as a broken vessel in Jesus’ Name.
Prayer Point: Father, please help me to finish my race well and also finish strong in Jesus’ Name.
Open Heavens Daily Devotional Lessons was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God