Consider this beautiful passage from Jeremiah 18, in which God compares Himself to a potter, and His people as His clay:
“The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, ‘Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will announce My words to you.’ Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make. Then thenword of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel…'”
Paul echoes a similar thought when he says in Romans 9:20:
“The thing molded will not say to the molder, ‘Why did you make me like this,’ will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use?”
As we go through our daily walk, we often “kick against the goads” and grumble about our inadequacies to God, but He sees it as the clay mumbling to the potter about how it’s fashioned. What a humorous scene! There is nothing we can do that God cannot correct with His skillful hands; if we chip an edge or break a handle, God can heat us in His kiln, and through testing and perseverance soften our hard exteriors until we bend to His slightest touch (Jas. 1:2-4).
We also cannot tell what our specific crafting is. We might think of ourselves as common dishes suited for the pets’ water bowl, but maybe we’re finely crafted chinaware brought out for guests and company. Our functions differ from person to person, but God makes us adequate for that which He’s prepared for us.
“I am the least of apostles,” Paul said in I Corinthians 15:9, “and not fit to be called an apostle…but by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more…yet not I, but the grace of God with me.”
This same grace of God can accomplish much in each of our lives if we allow it to steer and motivate our actions and spirit, and by doing those things that Paul reminded the Philippians in chapter 4 they had “learned and received and heard and saw in me…the God of peace will be with you.”
May we echo the words of Jeremiah, in Lamentations chapter 3:
“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.'”
Wisdom, glory and peace be with you all.