Just a Clay Pot
We are going to continue the clay/potter line of thinking today. The more I think about myself as the clay and God as the potter, the more similarities I see. I am no more than a pot among earthen pots.
“Woe to him who strives with Him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to Him who formed it, ‘What are You making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?”
Getting Serious Quickly
I hope this entry does not sound like a scolding in any way. I am simply seeing how seriously we need to take God’s plan and His hand as He molds us. Sometimes, I forget Who I am dealing with… the Maker of the Universe, the Lover of My Soul, the One Who poured out His very blood for me. We can get comfortable in our relationship with Him… far too comfortable! Who am I, to disagree with this One – God Almighty – who I have just described.
No Pain No Gain
So easy to say. I do not like being uncomfortable and I really do not like pain. When the Potter pulls that spout out of the side of that perfectly round rim, it is uncomfortable! When the He cuts in the hash marks to attach the handle, it hurts!
But, you know? I do really want to be like Jesus and I know you do too!
So really… how much more useful is a pitcher than a vase? Without the handle and the spout, that is what you have: A vase. It may be pretty to look at but how useful is it? Give me the hash marks and the spout, thank you! God is making useful vessels not ornaments for the mantle. Don’t you want to be useful in your Master’s hand? Beautiful of course, like Jesus, but He did not just come down here and sit around, did He? Beautiful – like Jesus.
Let’s go to the Verse:
“Woe to him who strives with Him who formed him… “
How often do we disagree with what God is doing in their lives? Many times I hear people say that they have known that God is calling them to do something and they ran in the other direction… like Jonah, actually. Me? I usually disagree by reminding Him of ALL my inadequacies and then deciding I must be hearing wrong.
We definitely do need to be sure we are listening to for God’s voice and staying in His Word. Stating inadequacies looks like humility to us, but to God, it looks like sinful pride. That may seem like a very bold thing for me to say, and it is. The reason I can say it so boldly is because I have been convicted by the Holy Spirit about it. The reason it is pride is that I must have some more brazen audacity to think that God would call me to do something that I could do without Him!
Remember in 2 Corinthians 12:9, when Paul asked God to relieve him of the thorn in the flesh that tormented him? What was God’s response? He said that in our weakness, He is strong. If we cannot do the thing He calls us to do, but He does it through us, who gets the glory?? He does not call us because we are able.
“…a pot among earthen pots!”
Pottery is made out of clay and that is dirt, right? And God actually formed Adam from the dust of the earth. Yep, also dirt.
In Bible times, broken pottery was thrown in a field called a potter’s field. the potter would go out and collect broken pottery, grind it into a fine powder and make new clay with it.
Nothing more than broken pots – arguing with our Maker and the Maker of the Universe? Pretty ridiculous isn’t it?
Who is Accountable to Who?
“Does the clay say to Him who formed it, ‘What are You making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’?”
Obviously, real clay does not have the ability or sense to ask questions of its potter. God has given us both, and what we must not do is attempt to hold God accountable for the tools (circumstances) He uses to shape us. We must never forget that God does not answer to us. It is quite the reverse actually, huh?
Even when what is happening does not make any sense to us at all, we must trust God that He knows exactly what He is doing and exactly how to accomplish it in our lives.
What are your goals? Will you have to argue with the Potter to get them?? It won’t be worth it in the end! Easy for me to say; hard for me to do. His best is best! You know it too!
Let’s Go To the Lord in Prayer:
Lord, I do thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for showing us so clearly, how we are to deal with how You work on us. Sharpen the rough places, cut hash marks, pull out spouts, bore holes, whatever You need to do, Lord, please make us like You. Help us to be about Your business and Your glory! In Jesus Name I pray. Amen