Clay and the Potter

A question of fairness came up in our summer Bible study this week.  Specifically, why does God choose some to follow Him while others live and die on earth without ever knowing Jesus as their Savior? (John 15:16, Ephesians 1:4-5, 1 Peter1:1-2, Colossians 3:12)

Good question.

I can add it to the list of other questions for God:

  •           Why do good people suffer?
  •           Why do godly people seem to suffer even more than good ones?

Answers won’t come to us until our face-to-face with Jesus in heaven.  But until then, I enjoy unraveling the mystery of who God is.

Throughout His Word God illustrates Himself as a skillful pottery maker, molding and shaping useful earthenware from the stuff of earth.

“O LORD, you are our Father.  We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

Think about that lump of clay.  What control or understanding does it have about what it will become?

Think about the HUGE gap between the ability of the clay to become anything without the potter’s creativity . . . without the potter’s plan  . . . without the potter’s hand.

We are that clay, God says.  Our ability (or inability) to understand God’s choosing of a person to be His child shows a HUGE gap between what we know about our lives and what God knows.

So the question really is . . . do we trust God’s hand on our lives?

Do we trust His creativity, His plan?

Jeremiah 18:3-4 gives us another picture:

“So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel.  But the pot he was shaping from clay was marred in his hands, so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him”

In Vs. 6 God goes on to explain,

“ like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand.”

Pause for Reflection …

Do you trust that God is shaping YOU as seems best to him?

Do you place value on the fact that you are held in the hand of the Master Potter?

If so, is your idea of fairness worth holding onto?

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