Jeremiah was sent today on a visit to the potter’s house to wait for a specific word from the Lord. It is interesting how that specific location was necessary for the accurate reception of the message which would be communicated. Regardless, his experience is one for keen reflection.

His words in their default state communicate a mystery that reveals what God does with us whenever we turn out marred or not as He desires. Jeremiah 18:4 therefore reads as follows

"And as I watched, the clay vessel in his hands became flawed and unusable. So the potter started again with the same clay. He crushed and squeezed and shaped it into another vessel that was to his liking."

The potter doesn’t throw away the clay regardless of how it turns, He only reworks it to become a vessel he desires. Much like how a plan is tweaked until it is executed to perfection. In the hands of the Lord therefore, we all are lumps of clay.

There is a particular vessel we can become. That however does not mean that whenever we become flawed and seemingly unusable, God discards us. In fact, He reworks us using the same lump because regardless of what men think, in God’s hands, He always has use for us.


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