After the prophet Jeremiah was instructed to go to the potter’s house, these words came from God – “So are you in my hand.” As lifeless cold clay that is marred and without purpose, I hold you and form you into a vessel of great potential and value.
“O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? Saith the Lord. Behold as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” Jeremiah 18:6
Israel, in this setting as the called and favored nation of God, had some obvious blemishes and cracks. However, once it was in the hand of the potter, everything changed for the good. What once seemed messed up and lifeless now had purpose. What a strong reminder to all of us that despite how hopeless and lifeless we may feel, we can put it in the hands of the Potter. When the Master picks us up and we find ourselves in His hands, get ready! A masterpiece is being formed in His nail scarred hands.
Years ago, I attempted to weld and repair a faulty muffler to save myself some money on my truck. Can I tell you that what I had learned in a high school welding class was not sufficient! Once I grudgingly took it to the muffler shop and put it all in the hands of the certified repairman, it was a humbling experience. He took one look at my mangled mess of a repair and said “Who did this to your truck?” I sheepishly replied “I did.” He looked at me like I was an idiot and said “I will take care of it but you actually made it worse.” 🙂
Have you tried in vain to fix something in your personal life that you cannot handle on your own? Do you feel hopeless about the present conditions you face and the marred mess your life has become? If so, please don’t give up or give in. Rather, take a trip to the Potter’s house and witness the miraculous work of His hands upon the wheel. A Master’s scarred hands with old wounds can still mend the broken things. Every broken life is a prime candidate for redemption once placed in His hands.
Pastor Daron Hudspeth