Week 16 Friday

On the Wheel

Today’s scripture selection: Jeremiah 17-21

Key verse: Jeremiah 18:6b

“Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand…”

I’ve always liked the image that is presented in Jeremiah’s story of how Israel was like the clay on God’s wheel – He being the master artisan.

It speaks to me of how our lives are fashioned.

Yes, on the one hand – we are graciously given freedom.  We are not robots, doomed to merely act out some pre-conceived notion.

On the other hand – we are not independently spinning around and around – with no chance of being fashioned into something – or someone – God has desired from the beginning.

I like that creative balance in God’s design.

It means that I must take some responsibility for my own choices and life.  But it also means, especially as I willingly turn to let God’s hand form me as He would, I can become something not only useful – but even uniquely beautiful.

So, when you feel like life is “spinning” out of control – take heart.

God hasn’t turned from the wheel.  He has a plan.  And, provided we are willing, He will see it to completion.

And the masterpiece that is formed will be something worth seeing because, as the old saying goes, “God doesn’t make junk.”

Prayer: Lord, mold me and make me, into something beautiful and useful for your kingdom.  AMEN.

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