“And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand” Isaiah 64:8, New Living Translation.
“If you fall to pieces in a crisis, there wasn’t much to you in the first place” Proverbs 24:10, The Message Bible.
In making a vase on a potter’s wheel, the potter takes time to knead the clay, pressing into it vigorously. Then the clay is put on the wheel for shaping. Afterward, it is placed in a kiln, which is a hot furnace. This is the ultimate test because clay that wasn’t properly kneaded early on can have small pockets of air that can cause it to explode under extreme temperatures. However, if it does survive the furnace, it is then beautifully painted and sold or kept for personal use.
While in college, the ceramic class was my favorite. I enjoyed the wheel so much so that I would skip kneading the clay and head straight for the wheel. I felt it was too much work kneading and pressing. I wanted to get to the fun and exciting part of shaping clay in my hands. But no matter how beautifully the vessel was shaped on the wheel, it would explode in the furnace because I didn’t take time to knead it properly.
My sister, God is the Potter, and we are the clay. All of the vigorous pressing we feel is Him preparing us for His use. He knows we are fearfully and wonderfully made. He knows we are gifted. He knows we’re called, anointed, and appointed! But what good is any of that if we lack character or fall to pieces under extreme pressure? We need the pressing and kneading in God’s hands before the glorious display. He’s shaping the character of Christ in us.
God is accomplishing His good work within us. In the meantime, let’s stay humble and pliable. Let’s stay on the table, and continue to trust the Potter.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for speaking to me. I don’t just want to be anointed, but have character and a right heart. Please continue to work in me, Father. I am clay in your hands. You are good, and you are only doing what’s best for me. Keep working, kneading, and pressing. Help me stay on the table while you work. I trust you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Philippians 1:6; Philippians 2:13)