May 4, 2015

Read: Jeremiah 18:1-6

There is something very therapeutic about taking a piece of clay in your hands and working with it on a Potter’s Wheel.  I often think of my collage days sitting at the wheel in Pottery Class - and remembering the message God had for Israel through His prophet Jeremiah.

The preparation of the clay you are working with is most important. You have to knead it, work with it, almost like you were preparing dough to make a loaf of bread.  The reason for all this “kneading” is to remove any imperfections or air bubbles that still may remain in the clay.  If these “imperfections” are not removed and your “vessel” is later placed in the kiln, under extreme heat, your “precious creation” is likely to explode in an act of self-destruction.  But, like sin in our lives, not only will your vessel be marred, but other objects that may be firing in the kiln will be affected as well.

Verse 4 tells us, that the object the potter was creating did not turn out as he had planned. But instead of throwing the clay in the garbage, he lovingly places it back on the potter’s wheel and starts over.

Isn’t it wonderful that God does not give up on His Children. He gently throws us back on the potter’s wheel and begins again - working with us over and over again till we become the “vessel” He had in mind all along. 

Pray:  

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.  

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.  

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.  

Supplication: Petition God for wisdom. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have. Intercede for your immediate family and other relatives regarding their spiritual, emotional, and physical needs.