Clay or Stone?

In today’s day and age, it’s easy for people to say, “I’m going to do things my way.”

Sadly, I find this view just as popular among Christians as I do among non-Christians.

We set ourselves as stones, hard-hearted and resolute to get things done the way we want them done and in our own timing.

I’m sure there are a lot of you who are saying, “Jay, that’s not me. I seek the Lord for everything and wait for His instruction!”

But do you? Do you really?

In the book of Jeremiah, Jeremiah records and instance where he was walking along and stopped outside of a potter’s house at the command of the LORD. He observed the potter making something out of clay on the wheel, but it became marred and misshapen, so the potter reworked the clay until it became something useful.

The LORD then spoke to Jeremiah, saying, “O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.” (18:6)

Many of us are broken, marred, misshapen and cracked as a result of life and our own choices. We are clay that was once in God’s hands and we broke and are trying to put ourselves back together again.

But God is calling us. He wants us to return to the Potter’s Hands and be reworked and reshaped and remolded into something that God can use.

Don’t be a hard stone, unable to be reworked and reshaped. Be clay, malleable, flexible, reworkable.

Return to the Potter’s Hands.

This is what the Sovereign LORD says.

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