|Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.” –Jeremiah 18:5-6
The prelude to this statement was that God told Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and he would give him a message there. When he got there, he saw how the potter was shaping the clay that was marred in his hands as seemed best to him. Then the word of God came.
God wants to do with us as the potter does with clay. He wants to be able to shape us as seems best to him. We are already in his hands, but we have to allow ourselves to be molded because God will not force anything on us. The comparison between God and Israel, and the potter and the clay, emphasizes God’s complete control. If you read further down, you will see that in vs. 7-10 God spoke concerning a nation’s fate and how he would relent and not inflict disaster on it if it would repent, and do vice versa if the nation doesn’t. This just shows that God’s decision is not capricious but is responsive to repentance. He has given us a choice. We are either going to seal our own fate for damnation like Judah did in vs. 12 or repent and let him have his way in our lives.
So how do we become as the clay and let God mold us as he sees fit? Like the verse above says, we are already like clay in his hands, but we have to become submissive to his will so that he can do to us as the potter does. The only way to do this is by putting him first; following his commandments, and just letting him lead us in every aspect of our lives. This is not going to be easy because God will be pushing us one way, and our flesh pulling us in the opposite direction. Who are we going to heed to? The potter is waiting, but you have to stop moving so that he can properly mold you. Let him take the driver’s seat and pilot your life aright. It will be the best decision you ever make!
Stay blessed and spread the word.