In Jeremiah 18:1-6, God told the prophet Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house. After he got there, the potter preached a sermon to him in a visual way concerning the future of Judah (Israel), but the message applies to us as well. Here are three lessons from the potter’s sermon:
Lesson #1 God is in the process of molding you. Everyone is in the process of being molded, either by the Holy Spirit or the pressures of this world. Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t let the world squeeze you into its mold.” (Phillips Translation). To be molded by God, we are told to “humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God” (1 Peter 5:6).
Lesson #2 God’s plan for you may not be obvious at first. Jeremiah 18:3 says the potter was “making something” on the wheel. What he was making wasn’t obvious at first. The potter had a plan in his mind concerning the vessel he wanted to make. Romans 9:20 says, “The thing molded will not say to the potter, ‘Why did you make me like this’ will it?” Put your trust in God, even when the plan is unclear and you don’t understand.
Lesson #3 If you make a mistake, remember that God isn’t finished with you. “But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter, so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make” (Jeremiah 18:4). The potter detected a flaw in the clay because a gritty substance resisted his touch. Even though the clay was marred, the potter didn’t throw it away. He made it into another vessel.
Perhaps you’ve rebelled against God and resisted His will for your life. And maybe you’ve suffered the consequences and think life is over. The Lord has not abandoned you and still has a plan for your life. If you will submit to Him, He will complete the work that He wants to do in you. www.kentcrockett.blogspot.com www.makinglifecount.net
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