March 2016 Words of Life (Week 4)

Words of Life

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.  Isaiah 64:8

             If you read Jeremiah 18:4, you will see the visual of a potter who marred a piece of clay.  So he remade it.  He transformed it into something good.  The Lord says in Jeremiah 18:6, “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!”  It doesn’t matter where you came from or what you have done.  If you submit to God and be clay in His hand, He will turn you into something beautiful.  Isaiah 43:25 says that He will blot out our transgressions and not remember our sins.  They are covered under the blood of Jesus.  Romans 8:28a says, “He will cause all things to work together for good for those who love God…”  Loving God is keeping His Word (John 14:15).  So if you obey His Word, He will turn all your past mistakes around for good.  It does not mean those past mistakes were meant to happen.  Sin is not of God.  It means He will work with us if we humble ourselves before Him (Psalm 25:9). 

            If you have seen a pottery wheel, you know that you can’t form dried clay.  It will be brittle and break in pieces.  You have to wet the clay to shape it.  To wet ourselves we have to be washed with the Word of God.  (Ephesians 5:26). The Word saturates to our most inner core.  It penetrates to the division of our soul and spirit (Hebrews 4:12).  God changes people, but He does it through His Word.  To be shapeable, moldable clay in His hand, we must humble ourselves, get in His Word daily and obey what has been revealed.  In Isaiah 64:7b ESV, you see that if we are not obedient we “melt in the hand of our iniquities.”  Every day we have a choice of seeking the Lord first by getting in His Word (Matthew 6:33).  If we do, it is like giving ourselves as clay to God.  If we choose not to, we are turning ourselves over to “the hand of our iniquities”.  Choose this day to put yourself in God’s Hands and let Him mold you into a beautiful vessel.

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