The Potter and the Clay

“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our Potter; we are all the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8

In order for pottery to be considered a piece of work, it must go through a process. The potter must build (by hand or wheel) the object of its choice by heating it at high temperatures in order to mold it; therefore, increasing the strength and resilience while setting the permanent shape. Additionally, the clay must be placed in the fire. Some processes require certain preparation before a piece of work can be successfully created. 

Similarly, God is the Potter and we are the clay. We are the work of His hands. He molds us and shapes us to be what He created us to be. Sometimes preparation may require being placed under extreme heat (process) and finish with being placed through the fire (removing impurities while refining) but when He is done, we take the permanent shape He has for us. The fire allows God to shape our character to look more like that of Jesus. We begin to look, speak, think, behave and even love differently. We are transformed so that we may reflect Jesus. We may look different, but in the Potter’s hands, we are all a masterpiece. 

Father, You are the Potter and we are the clay. For those of us that desire to look more like Jesus, mold us. Shape our characters. How we speak, think, behave, love and even forgive. Help us to stay committed to the process, no matter how painful it is. In the end, we will be a masterpiece, a work of Your hands. Your will, Lord be done. In Jesus name, amen. 

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