Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 16:16-18:23 (additional reading: Psalm 81:1-16 and Proverbs 25:6-8)
Every one of us has a master, and that master determines our behavior and our actions. If you’re master is money, then everything you do is centered around money. If you’re master is power, your life is centered around trying to obtain that power. So let me ask you once again, who is it that you are fetching for? Who is in charge of your life?
Now when God told Jeremiah to get up and go watch the Potter work, the nation of Israel was in a time of crisis, not so much a financial, or national crisis, though it was pending, but rather it was a spiritual crisis. The nation that belonged to God, that was blessed by God, had forgotten God. God was no longer sitting at the center of their lives. They had forsaken God to go fetch for other things. Things that brought them earthly pride and pleasure. They were fetching for the clay, and not the Potter.
God is the potter, we are the clay, and God designed us, created us, molded and made us to be His. And here is where Jeremiah is sent to the Potter’s house, and it is there that he sees the potter working on the clay, and he learns some valuable lessons. Look at vs. 3, “So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”
The clay was literally ruined as Jeremiah recorded it. It was marred. But noticed what happened next. The potter did not throw the ruined piece into the corner of the shop, or into the trash. He continued working with it and reshaped it into another vessel which he deemed good to make. In other words, he began again, from scratch with the same clay and gave it a shape that was good and would hold it’s form.
When we are found flawed, here is the good news, God can remake us! We when fall apart at the seams God can put us back together again! many of you may feel like you are no longer useful to God. You’re a cracked pot, with to many flaws, to many mistakes, to many stains. Well, here’s the good news, if anyone is in Christ, that person is a new creation, the old has gone and the new has come. God can rework that old clay and turn it into something wonderful.