Weather report from heaven: Sunny and bright with an abundance of light, and lots of singing and rejoicing.
Scripture: “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”?”- Isaiah 29:16
“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”- Isaiah 64:8
Insight: As we continue on with our series on Practical Christianity, today we consider the right way we need to view our relationship with God in order to have the greatest eternal impact for His Kingdom. In order to do so, we must first agree that the main focus of our life as a Christian is to be a willing and joyful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must start from this premise or nothing else will make sense. In fact, we all spend a lot of time and energy wrestling with God at various points of our faith walk over who is really in control. In our pride, we always want to be in control. We want to say “no” to things that God may ask us to do that we don’t want to do, or which we see as inconvenient and we want Him to say “yes” to our demands and spiritual wish list. Boy, how many times do we think this way? Like we can cut a deal with God that is more to our liking. But here’s the real deal: Like the scriptures above allude to, He is the Potter and we are the clay. He can do whatever He wants with us, and often that includes breaking us down and reforming us into a vessel that more resembles who He designed us to be in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 16:9 says “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” He is in control and that is a very good thing because He is 3 things we are not: He is omnipotent ( all powerful ) , omniscient ( all knowing ) and omni-present ( all places at once ). But most importantly He is love, He is good, He is trustworthy, and He knows just what we need. We won’t always like His methods, and sometimes He will use pain in order to get us to surrender certain areas of our lives to Him, but He loves us and He knows the future plans He has for us. Jeremiah 29:11 confirms these plans are for our own good “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” The best thing we can do is remember that He is the Potter and we are the clay. Then we are in a position or mindset of total surrender, trusting that if He needs to break our hearts He will eventually restore us, and it will ultimately be used for our good and His glory. He doesn’t need anything from us, but He wants to do great things through us. The question is a simple one: Will we give him the space and permission He needs to mold us into warriors who can be used for His Kingdom?”
Prayer: Father God, help me to always remember that You are the Potter, and I am the clay. You can do whatever You wish to do in my life and I need to trust that it’s ultimately for my good. Amen!
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