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The Potter and the Clay - One Year Devotions for Women

How stupid can you be? He is the potter, and he is certainly greater than you. You are only the jars he makes! Should the thing that was created say to the one who made it, “He didn’t make us”? Does a jar ever say, “The potter who made me is stupid”? - Isaiah 29:16

The disciples had turned the world “upside down” (Acts 17:6). Yet, they actually had turned it right side up! People who know Jesus do that. People who don’t know Jesus, however, may be described as pots that turn themselves upside down on the potter’s wheel and tell the potter to take his hands off their lives.

A disciple personally knows the potter who molds marred lives over again, keeping one hand inside the pot and the other outside. A disciple knows that a pot is only as good outside as it is inside. A disciple knows that to function she will have to be fired in the kiln. The number of firings depends on how the pot will be used, but the good potter watches the clay carefully. When the color comes up, the potter removes the pot from the fire. He will not leave it in the heat to be cracked and ruined.

Disciples have a wonderful relationship with God through Christ, a relationship as close as an earthly potter has to his clay. Don’t turn yourself upside down on the wheel; let him turn you right side up. Once we allow the potter to mold us as he desires, we will begin to have a sense of destiny about our life. He takes his time making a work of art. Our part is to be still and let him finish his work. We let him turn us right side up so we can go out and turn our world upside down for him!

For Further Study: Isaiah 29:1-24

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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