Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1-20:18 / 1 Thessalonians 1:1-2:16 / Psalm 119:1-8
History is filled with artists, sculptors and painters who have had extraordinary talent. Their pieces of art fill secured galleries and their creations are valued in the millions. Van Gough, Picasso, Da Vinci, and Michelangelo are considered some of the greatest as they have given us historical masterpieces. Yet the greatest creative force ever is God, the master creator!
God spoke all things into existence and formed man, His greatest creation, from the dust of the ground. God has not stopped His creative ways as He still develops and transforms lives today. Jeremiah was instructed by God to go to the potter’s house for an illustrated message for Israel. “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” (Jeremiah 18:2)
Jeremiah watched as the potter formed and fashioned a lump of clay into a vessel.
The potter worked a wheel that was made of 2 parallel stone wheels attached by a shaft. The potter controlled the top wheel by turning the bottom wheel with his feet. He could control the speed and intensity of the wheel with his feet.
Have you ever wanted to get off the wheel of life? Sometimes we feel life is spinning out of control leaving us bewildered. Remember, just like the potter, He alone controls the speed and intensity of our lives. It is out of our control but not His.
God is into making and remaking. He loves to take a surrendered life and mold it for His glory. At times, outside forces mar the molding process yet God’s plan is not thwarted. He simply redefines His purpose by refiguring us to display His glory. “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.” (18:4)
Other times, inward sins surface and mar our lives. God removes the ungodly obstruction and remakes us. God displaced Jacob's hip after Jacob wrestled with Him. His walk was physically changed and was a reminder of God’s touch as he limped throughout the rest of his life. God got Jonah’s attention in the belly of the great fish…his heart was changed. God used Peter’s denials to remake him into a disciple of courage and faithfulness.
God showed Jeremiah that Israel, like the clay, resisted the potters hands and direction. They were not pliable but hardened to His touch and divine will. God would have a finished product and it would reflect their rebellious spirit. Later God instructs Jeremiah to break a finished jar, symbolizing the destruction of Israel.
We can never forget that God makes us; we do not make ourselves. We must surrender to His divine touch and be pliable in His hands. Don’t be dismayed by life or doubt God’s plan for your life…He creates masterpieces!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!