Stay in the Potter's Hands
29 February 2020
Jeremiah 18:4 '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.' (NIV)
I heard a preacher say this: 'Jesus looks for the most damaged goods and pays full price for them.' What a great statement! We've all been through those $2-stores where everything is priced under $2 -- usually because it is damaged in some way. We don't expect to pay full price, because the goods are not complete. But the cross tells us that God deliberately seeks out the most damaged goods -- and then pays the highest price for them. You may sometimes feel like 'damaged goods'. To God, though, it is your weakness that attracts. He wants to take the raw material within you and create something unbelievable out of damaged goods. It's not easy being clay on a potter's wheel; it's not comfortable being broken down, slapped onto the wheel, stretched and pulled in every conceivable direction, spun around until you're dizzy. It's not easy going through the fire, or sitting still while the glaze is applied. But when the potter is done, the old broken and damaged vessel becomes a work of art for all to admire, something from whom everyone can receive benefit. Don't jump off the wheel before the potter has finished. Keep an attitude of humble submission to God. He does know what he's doing, even if you don't. You will be amazed what he can do with damaged goods.
Prayer: 'Lord, I want to be like soft clay in your hands. Help me to stay under your hands even when I don't understand what you are doing with me. Thanks for taking my damaged goods and making me something great for you.'
© Mal Fletcher 2003-2004