Read: Isa 64:1-12; 65:17-25
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
So many times when we look at what’s going on in the lives of the Israelites, God’s chosen people, things seem out of control. Whether they got to that place by their own doing or as a result of the arrogance of another nation, they were consistently experiencing the consequences of sin.
In our scripture today, Isaiah is reminding God of His past help and lamenting the present state of his people. Things are out of control and they are in desperate need for God’s help. Yet even in the midst of sin and suffering, Isaiah is confident in the Lord’s unfailing love. He is confident that he can trust the Potter.
My sister is a potter – like she actually owns a kiln. We have some beautiful bowls and vases that she’s made for us as well as some playful pieces. One of the sillier creations is a small piggy bank – silly but beautifully made. My son, who is 10, made a similar piece in art class. And by similar I mean, it’s a pig with a big snout. That’s where the similarity ends. When he pulled it out of his bookbag we both broke out in giggles because it was so, well, awful. But Deuce didn’t care – art is not his thing – and he didn’t have a lot of interest in a clay piggy. (Deuce gets these devos through email so if you’re reading this, buddy, you know I adore you and will keep and cherish your silly pig until google infinity!)
But God is infinitely interested in us, His creation.
Just like the potter holds the clay in his hand, working it, pressing it, conditioning it and molding it into something useful and beautiful, God holds us in the palm of His hand and works/presses/conditions us so He can mold us in to something He has envisioned. We don’t know what the finished product will look like, but surely we can trust the Potter.
Even when things seem out of control, God is still in control. Trust that God is molding you and shaping you through whatever difficulty you’re experiencing. Trust that God has a vision for you, just like a potter has a vision for the lump of clay he holds in his hand – and it’s a thing of beauty. Be confident that God is infinitely interested in you and what you are becoming.
You are the clay. He is the Potter. You are the work of His hand.
Heavenly Father, I praise you. I thank you that you are molding me and shaping me into a vessel that brings you glory. Help me to be a compliant lump of clay :), one that trusts you to accomplish your purpose. I love you, Lord! May my words and actions honor you today. In Jesus’ powerful name I pray. Amen.