The Potter and the Clay 
This devotional was written by Robin Dugall

Destruction is certain for those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot ever argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, "Stop you are doing it wrong!" Does the pot exclaim, "How clumsy you can be!" How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father and mother, "Why was I born? Why did you make me this way?" This is what the Lord, the Creator and Holy One of Israel, says: Do you question what I do? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands? I am the one who made the earth and created people to live on it. With my hands I stretched out the heavens. All the millions of stars are at my command. Isaiah 45:9-12. (NLT)

Do you ever wonder why we fight it? We are thrown into the world just as the potter throws the clay on the spinning wheel.  Then, God takes His creative hands and wraps them around us with loving and forceful care. He pounds and molds and works us. He has a vision of a beautiful creation in mind.  He is molding a son or daughter of the Kingdom…YOU!  It’s true, clay sometimes isn't as responsive as the potter would like it to be... but with a small amount of submission, some new shape, new form, new beauty, new life will be experienced.

We all wonder, “What’s happening to me?” during the trying or painful experiences of our lives. Did you ever consider that maybe, just maybe, it is at that very moment that the shaping of THE Potter is occurring in ways you could never understand or appreciate?

Pottery is only created as the clay is moldable in the hands of the craftsman that enables it to evolve from worthless earth to a thing of beauty. The beauty of the final creation is what the Potter has in mind as He shapes and molds.

Instead of being worried about the type of man or woman you are becoming, we need to celebrate the man or woman that God has given us opportunity to be. God’s molding and shaping is an ongoing process. Don’t get too wrapped up how it will take place in the future because there is enough shaping going on in your life today! The future of what God has in store for your life will be beautiful – if you stay pliable in His loving hands. And remember, any hurt that accompanies God’s shaping process is for your good. Today, may your heart stay soft and open to The Potter’s work!.

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GOING DEEPER:

1. The people of recovery say that we need to "let go and let God". How do you need to let go and allow God to shape your life?

2. Pray that you will be receptive to the beauty that God is creating in and through you.

FURTHER READING:

Ephesians 2:10; Philippians 1:3-11; Jeremiah 18:1-6; John 17:1-12


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