Soft Like Clay

“’Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, ‘Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?’ declares the Lord. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.'” [Jeremiah 18:2-6 NIV]

Photo by Robert Linder

When clay is soft and moist, it can be molded and re-molded if needs be, until shaped into exactly what the potter wants it to be. However, if the clay hardens, nothing much can be done with it, except it be broken.

The Lord wants to mold us further into His image as we walk this journey of life with Him. His vision is bigger than ours and He is capable of making us into something far greater than we can even imagine. In order for Him to do that, we must keep our hearts soft toward Him. How do we do that? By reading His Word, daily communicating with Him, hearing His Word and obeying it. When He speaks, we move.

Photo by Alex Bruda

If we do not like where He is guiding us, whether because of fear or disbelief, it is easy to begin to harden our hearts towards His nudgings. If we allow ourselves to become to hard in our spirits, and far away from His presence, then sometimes He has to break us, to bring us back. And that, my friends, is not pleasant.

I think I would much prefer the much less painful, gentle molding, than the breaking and fixing part. So, I will endeavour to remain soft in His hands. How about you?

 

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Published in: on 20th August, 2012 at 10:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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