Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Potter and the Clay

Jeremiah 18:1 - 11 (New Living Translation)

1 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” 3 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.

5 Then the LORD gave me this message: 6 “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. 7 If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, 8 but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. 9 And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, 10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.

11 “Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘this is what the LORD says: I am planning disaster for you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.”

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WOW! This is a lesson for all to learn. The Creator of a thing, i.e. person, place or anything else that is created is in the power of the one who created them. Our God in the above text gave Jeremiah a real life lesson on the power of “the Potter and the Clay.” God is our Potter… we the people are the Clay… He can do whatever He desire with us because He designed us. Our attitude can and will direct God’s decision when it comes to each of our lives.

It’s better to obey God and live a fulfilling life rather than disobey and receive His wrath. God said Heaven and Earth may pass away, but His Word will remain forever.

Blessings to all!
CJ

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