The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear[a] my words.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4 And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7 If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8 and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. Jeremiah 18:1-8 NIV.
I had the opportunity to visit Heritage Farms in Waco, TX with my extended family a couple of years ago, It has a fully sustaining Amish style community. There was a knitting house which included spindles for making thread from cotton and wool. There was a black smith shop in which they were heating, molding and shaping farm instruments. There was the farm element and basket weaving shops. There was an active gristmill with power being supplied by a water wheel. There was also a potter’s house. The picture in this article were the hands of the potter that I saw.
The main idea from the text is the potter changes his purpose for the clay because it became marred. Notice God uses the illustration to describe how He works with nations and not individuals. Let that sink in for a moment…God has a purpose of good for each nation to fulfill. That is enough to move us to intercede for our nation and cry out for mercy. When it becomes marred through evil. God in his grace can also reshape the clay as He sees fit. No matter the sinful action, when we repent God is able to reshape the clay.
I want to draw your attention today to another aspect of watching the potter’s hand. I noticed that the hands get the clay and the water on them. There is no other way for the potter to shape the clay. He must personally feel and shape the clay with his fingers. NO glove. When those fingers press the clay to shape it, some of the clay forms on the potter’s hands.
Jesus is personally involved in shaping our lives for good.
- Jesus is personally involved. “lo, I will be with you always.” Jesus doesn’t use babysitters for His children. He is with you, always transforming you into His image.
- Jesus bears the marks of our sin. He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed. 1 Peter 2:24 NLT
- Jesus is working out His plan for us. For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus. 1 Timothy 1:9 NLT
- Jesus is always interceding for you, even right now. Who then will condemn us? No one–for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Romans 8:34 NLT
In this intimacy that Jesus shares with us, he speaks. Jeremiah went to observe the potter in order that God would reveal something to him. I am praying that the Holy Spirit whispers to you throughout your day. May you hear the voice of your heavenly Father as he teaches you from the world that He created. No sin is outside the bounds of our heavenly Father’s hands to form us into a vessel of honor.
Blessings Love y’all