Written by: Sharon E. Thrower

Morning and Evening Meditation

Read Jeremiah 18:1-12

Pray:

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  See if there be any offensive and wicked way in me.  Lead me in the way everlasting.”  Psalm 139: 24, 25

Devotional

Read:  Jeremiah 18:1-12

The Bible uses many things from everyday life, to teach about the principles and character of God.  A recurring illustration throughout Scripture is that of a vessel, jars, pots, etc.  It’s a very powerful illustration of the relationship between the Creator and the created. It beautifully illustrates that God has a purpose, plan and destiny for which, He, The Creator made us.  It also has many other layers of meaning, including who/what shapes us, who/what we contain and how useful we are in the course of our life and service to others in our designated roles. 

Today’s Scripture reading, shows that God is in control.  This message was clearly portrayed to Jeremiah, as he watched a potter start over on a pot.  Jeremiah noticed that the vessel did not take the shape that the potter wanted it to take.  During that time in history, the Israelites had gradually come to think that God—because He had chosen them as His people—was obliged to protect them.  But their constant, disobedient behavior towards Him, had brought God to the point of “starting over.

God is The Potter in our lives.  We are not in the hands of “chance” or “blind fate,” but we are in the hands of the Person of God Almighty. He is not just our Creator, but He is our Heavenly Father.  As our Father, He is personally concerned for our lives, and wants the best for us.

Notice in this reading that the clay could not, nor did it mold itself.  Only God has the power to properly shape and guide our lives.  God, as The Potter, not only has the perfect plan for our lives, but He also sees the finished product in His mind. He knows the end from the beginning! He sets in motion a perfect plan for our lives.

We may not be able to see the finished product, but God has already envisioned it and He promises an excellent result, if we would only trust Him and surrender every area of our lives to Him.  Notice from today’s reading that the potter never threw out the lump, but he re-makes the clay again.  This is a wonderful picture of God’s grace. Jesus loves us too much to leave us this way: broken, torn, and in a sinful condition. He may use difficult tests or even discipline to get us to yield, but in the end, we will become a useful vessel in His image. 

Question

Are you living a yielded life unto God?  What things, negative emotions, wrong attitudes, wrong thought patterns, bad habits, wrong relationships, sinful behaviors, etc., do you need to surrender to Him?

Prayer challenge

Pray, unto God, the words of this hymn, entitled Have Thine Own Way.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Thou art The Potter, I am the clay.  Mold me and make me, after Thy will.  While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Search me and try me, Master today.  Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now; as in Thy Presence, humbly I bow.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Wounded and weary, help me, I pray!  Power, all power, surely is Thine!  Touch me and heal me, Savior Divine!

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way! Hold over my being, absolute sway!  Fill with Thy Spirit, till all shall see; Christ only, always, living in me!

Next Step

Go to YouTube and listen to the song called: “The Potter’s House”, by Tremaine Hawkins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C14OuEGghhk

After listening to this song, write down what the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart. Expect Him to minister to you.

“Now unto Him, Who Is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fail and with great joy; to the only Wise God our Savior, be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!  Amen.”  {Jude 24, 25}