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THE POTTER’S PLAN [The word for today] Bob Gass
‘…as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…’ Jeremiah 18:6 NKJV
In the good times it’s easy to see that we’re making progress, but in the tough times we are prone to feel like we’re not making any progress at all. We react to pain, loss and adversity by consulting our feelings instead of God’s faithfulness. Please understand this: at all times you are securely in God’s hands! ‘…as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…’ (v. 6 NKJV). You’re a work in progress and the crucial thing isn’t your circumstances or feelings, but the Potter’s commitment to finish what He began. ‘…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV). Here are two things you must remember while you’re spinning on the Potter’s wheel: 1) The Potter has the right to mould you as He sees fit. Nothing can prevent Him from making you into what He wants you to become. He is an expert at turning lumps of clay into objects of value and usefulness. ‘Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the …lump to make one vessel for honour…?’ (Romans 9:21 NKJV). Your job is to stay on the wheel and let God make you into what He desires you to be. 2) The Potter has an individual plan for each lump of clay. The Potter, not the clay, determines the end-product in the same way that the Holy Spirit determines your place and role in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:18). So discover the Potter’s plan and submit to Him!
Imagine if the lump of clay on the wheel could speak to the potter what would it say? “I’m dizzy, get me off this merry go round!” “Hey, what have I done to deserve this?” “What have I done wrong to get this kind of treatment?” “What’s the purpose of all this chaos?”
Well, we do exactly the same to God the divine potter when He has us on the wheel of trying! The potter has to have the clay on the wheel to shape it, he uses water to help him, he has to put on pressure, poke the clay to find any bits of grit or dirt that would create havoc in the baking process. God uses something similar with us
“Why am I here?” we often say! “What is the purpose of everything?” Well, God has us on the earth to shape us in to vessels of worth. If a man keeps himself clean from the contaminations of evil he will be a vessel used for honourable purposes, clean and serviceable for the use of the master of the household, all ready, in fact, for any good purpose. 2Timothy 2:21
We are here for a purpose, a mission, for assignments. God uses this world, the water of His word and ordinary clay me and you to bring Him honour for the here and now and in the forever after! Question is will we stay on the wheel or question the will, purposes and sovereignty of the Great Potter? It’s not easy but it’s worth it for now and THE BEST IS STILL YET TO COME!