The LORD said, Verily (truly) . . . I will cause the enemy to entreat (treat) thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction (Jeremiah 15:11). But, when the Israelites rejected God and His Word as their way of life, they forfeited the privilege of His protection and suffered tragic spiritual and physical loss.
To understand the Israelites' problems and their final outcome, Jeremiah was sent to the potter's house to see a live illustration of what God was about to do. God said to Jeremiah: Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear My words. Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought (was making) a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred (ruined) in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it (18:2-4). Then the Lord said: O house of
When the vessel (God's chosen people) was marred in the hand of the potter it was the hardness within the clay itself and not the failure of the potter that made the vessel worthless.
We are like earthen vessels and God has a special plan for each of us to be a vessel for His use, even though we too are distorted by sin. When we yield ourself to the Master Potter, with loving hands He will mold us again into another vessel, one better prepared to contain and express the Presence of Christ Himself. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new (II Corinthians 5:17).
15:1 be toward =b> be favorable to; 15:6 repenting =b> grieving over and giving you another chance; 17:10 try the reins =b> test the heart; 18:11 frame =b> prepare; 18:15 in a way not cast up =b> on paths of sin, not ways of righteousness.
Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Linda Kennon · Staff: George Kopchak · Government Official: Rep. Louis Gohmert (TX) · Country: Guinea-Bissau (1 million) on the western coast of Africa Major languages: Portuguese and Criolo Religious freedom 51% animist; 42% Muslim; 6% Roman Catholic; .7% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Rejoice and consider yourself blessed when you suffer for the Name of Christ (I Peter 4:14).
Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 86:5