Thursday: 2nd August, 2018
Reference text: Jeremiah 18:1-6
Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Amongst plants, the African oil palm remains one of the most versatile, with the ability to produce many useful products while living or even when ‘dead’; because man has found a way to make it so under different circumstances. The same applies to clay: though only suitable for cultivating specific kinds of crops, in pottery, one’s options with a lump of clay are limitless.
Even when it appears worthless in the eyes of the world, in the hands of the potter, it can always be made into another vessel. Therefore, the only determinant for ‘useless’ clay, is the inability of the potter to find any use for it. God, today takes on the role of a potter and posed to Israel a question: ‘can’t I do with you as potter does to the clay?’
If man, the highest creation of God’s creation, was just a lump of clay that is surrendered entirely to will of the potter, then the question above wouldn’t be necessary. However, man gets to choose. We get to decide if indeed we will allow ourselves to be moulded after God’s own heart or not. We get to have a say in how far and how much of ourselves we are willing to surrender.
To encourage us to offer more of ourselves, this image of the potter is thus presented to us. An image of a God, who will always find the beauty behind our rags, a God who sees the possibilities beneath our apparent nothingness, and the extraordinary potential behind all our weaknesses. Beloved, God always sees what we can become, and the fact that we have made some mistakes does not prevent him from taking us back to his moulding board. He remains the Master Potter, in whose hands every lump of clay can have a bespoke design that fits it.
Remember # in God’s hands, your worth is immeasurable.