October 30, 2019
The first several verses of Jeremiah 18 teach God’s people some invaluable lessons. We are told there that God spoke to Jeremiah and told him to go down to the potter’s shed, because God wanted to speak to him.
So, Jeremiah went to the potter’s shed and saw the potter working on a vessel made of clay. While working on the vessel, something happened to the clay and it was marred (flawed, spoiled). So the potter had to break the vessel down to rework it and make it into another vessel. When Jeremiah saw this happening to the clay in the potter’s hand, God said to Jeremiah, “Can’t I do this to you, Oh house of Israel?”
The object lesson that Jeremiah saw teaches us that God is the potter and that we are but clay. God has the right to rework us (usually many times in the course of our lifetime) and make us into the vessel He wants us to become.
How do we become marred, or flawed, as clay in God’s hands? Because we’re human and we sin. The Bible tells us that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23).
One of the godly heroes of my lifetime was Mother Teressa. I read in an interview she gave one time, where she confessed that she was a great sinner. She said that one of her greatest sins was sometimes questioning God. And sometimes questioning her faith. Such a wonderful lady, but she said that sometimes she failed God.
What does God do with us when we fail him – sin against him? Often he breaks us down; he reworks us. And he does that in so many different ways. He wants to make us into useful vessels for him. We are told in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for good….
God has broken me down and reworked me more times than I can count. But it always makes me a better vessel. Some things I’ve gone through in my lifetime, I would not want to relive for anything in this world. But only God knows best how to rework us.
When Jesus was calling His disciples, He got to some fishermen and said, “Follow me. I will make you become fishers of men.” I’m convinced that every time we are broken down and remade, it’s to help us become better fishers of men.
We are told in the Bible that there is only one way to get rid of the sin in our lives, and therefore the many opportunities to be marred and flawed as clay, and that one way is through the shed blood of Christ.
The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin (1 John 1:7).
Please remember that as you are sometimes remade and reworked by God, it is because He loves you and wants you to be the best vessel for Him that you possibly can be.
God Bless You,