Jer 18:1-6 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
The Potter worked on it again?
Somebody has been ruined some way, but you are still in the Potter’s hands. He wants to make you over if you will let Him.
Why me, Lord? Because He is working in what He thinks is good.
There was a story of a man who went into a pottery shop. He saw a pot with a beautiful red line running through the pot. He asked if he could buy it, but the owner said no. The owner was a potter and this particular pot taught him a lesson. The clay was hard and difficult to work with and so he added more water, but still it was difficult to work with. Just as he was going to throw away the clay and give up, a sharp shard cut him and his blood mingled with the clay and suddenly the clay was malleable and easy to work with. Allow the potter to mingle with the clay.
God is not trying to destroy you, He is trying to mold you!
David wrote in Psalm 51:6-7 “Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom. Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
There was a plant called hyssop that they used to brush blood for the sacrifice. David wanted to be purged. He had already repented. He’d already been forgiven.
Psalm 51:8 “Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.”
Sometimes sheep will wander continuously and a loving shepherd has to break their legs to teach them not to stray. Then the shepherd would splint the lamb’s leg and carry him. The little sheep hears the shepherd’s voice and even feels the shepherd’s heartbeat and knows the shepherd’s smell.
David was broken and longed for that closeness with the Lord. He wanted to hear His Shepherd’s voice, know God’s heartbeat, and know His smell.
Sometimes, when you want to cross a river and the sheep are afraid, but no voice will cause them to come. The Shepherd will take a little lamb across the river and then the sheep would follow the Shepherd.
Just because you are marred does not mean you are discarded. You are in the hands of the Potter.
You may feel like life has hardened you, but God will not force you. He will allow stuff in order to change you the way He wants for your good. We hold God at arm’s length and won’t allow Him to work and move stuff around (and get rid of stuff) in your life to make you a vessel of honor for His glory.
He will make you a brand new vessel destined for good.
Sometimes, you gotta get slammed down on the Potter’s wheel again. He is not trying to destroy you. He is trying to make you again a vessel of honor.
God is the God of not just a second chance, but of another chance and another chance and another chance! He wants to make you over again.
Jonah 3:1 “And the word of the Lord came unto Jonah the second time, saying,”
Jonah refused to obey God the first time, then God gave him another chance.
Stuff you’re going through right now is meant to mold you into another vessel!
Mark 8:22-25 “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him. And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.”
It looks as if Jesus didn’t heal him the first time. No, He was trying to show us something. After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly. Another touch! He’ll touch you again!
God doesn’t just throw out things. He won’t quench a smoking flax. He’ll breath on it again and cause it to flame!
Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
Is 45:9 “Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?”
When God does a work, it’s a process. There can be frustration, but God is doing a great thing. Yield to Jesus and let Him work.
There are three things that a potter does to remold and reshape clay:
- He adds water. Often, clay gets dry. A potter’s wheel spins and the potter gently molds it. Sometimes, you feel like you’re just spinning around and drying out. The Lord will refresh you with water.
- He will take the clay and slam it down onto the wheel. Everything that you once knew was torn away and slammed down and destroyed. It gets slammed down to be made over again. It gets kneaded like dough.
- He puts the clay in an oven and cooks it for a purpose. A vessel is useless until it has been in the fire. In the fire, it becomes hard and glazed over and will reflect. Now, the vessel can hold coffee! You can be used because you’ve been through the fire.
God is working out a purpose and it hurts. Fire at 700 degrees doesn’t feel good!
Romans 9:20-21 “Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”
You are in the Potter’s Hands. He will never discard you.
The Prodigal son said, ‘Make me.’
Make me over again. He will make you new.
A mollusk is an oyster in the ocean. Something gets in there and it won’t throw it out. Instead, it puts on layer over layer and makes a pearl. What started as an irritation becomes priceless.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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