“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.”
I am so thankful that the Lord used visual aids for Jeremiah, also. He sent the prophet to the potter’s house. Jeremiah watched the potter at work with his wheel, and he noticed that the pot that was being shaped was marred. The potter began to shape it again. He didn’t throw it away; he “formed it into another pot.”
I have wondered in the past what happens when we use our free will to choose a path that was not the one the Lord intended for us. (Sometimes I wish the Lord would just take my free will and keep me locked in on His, just saying.) I believe the Lord has used this Scripture to show me that though we may get messed up along the way—though we become marred (scarred, broken, disappointing)—He is able to reshape us into a new vessel. That He is completely capable of forming us and reforming us to live with purpose.
I am certain that the Lord can keep me on the wheel to bring me back to the original plan that He intended for me, if that is what He wants. But I am also certain that God cannot be mocked…we will reap what we have sown. We cannot expect to live the way we want to, leaving God’s will out of it, and expect Him to turn His head.
If you think there is no reason for you to even try anymore, that you have just blown it, then get back on the wheel. Soften yourself in His hands, and let Him make you new again.
We can get on God’s path again, but we have to trust His route to get there. Another relative story illustrating this is found in Deuteronomy 1. Please obey the Lord’s Word and His timing. Don’t let failure dictate the path, leading you to more failure.
“Take me, Mold me
Use me, Fill me
I give my life to the Potter's hands”
Scripture to read:
Father, You are the Potter and I am the clay. My life is in Your hands to shape and form as You see fit. Thank You that You do not throw me away when I am marred. Thank You for never giving up on me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.