(a message of hope and encouragement)
18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” 3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. (Jeremiah 18:1-4)
This particular parable was presented during church service Sunday morning. I visited the church my friend attends, and the minister/evangelist presented these scriptures to support a message that focused on God’s reshaping of our lives and making us new.
As the message was being presented (and even since Sunday), I received a few revelations. Please realize first and foremeost that the “potter” referenced within the parable is actually GOD himself. Also, understand that the clay referenced within the parable is us—you and me.
- “…the clay was marred in his hands…” Now, when we consider the literal definition of mar, which is the root of the term marred, we come to understand that it means “impair,” “disfigure,” “blemish,” “scar,” “damage,” “harm,” “hurt,” “taint,” “pollute,” “wreck.” Notice that we, the clay, are hurt, scarred, damaged, harmed, tainted, polluted, impaired, disfigured, blemished, and even wrecked in some form or another (spiritually, emotionally/mentally, physically, socially, sexually, professionally, etc.). However, as we experience life’s events that seem to cause disfigurement, harm, hurt, tainting, etc., we remain in the potter’s hands. In other words: a) God allows these things to occur AND b) He never throws us away (which is the point the evangelist made on Sunday).
- “…the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” This is a SERIOUS praise point—something worthy of rejoicing. Notice that God, the potter—who never threw away the tainted, disfigured, polluted, scarred clay—is actually forming us, the clay, into something else. We started out as one type of vessel, but He is making us into something different!
Psalm 51:5 states: Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (NIV) Watch this: from the time of conception–your birth–you and I were blemished, scarred, tainted, polluted, wrecked; yet, we remained in God’s hands because He has been shaping us into something different from that time until time is no more for us on this Earth. I hope you’re getting this loudly and clearly. So, the molestation, rape, eating disorder, emotional breakdown, divorce, bankruptcy, lawsuit, foreclosure, etc. that has seemingly scarred/polluted/wrecked you is being fashioned into something else by the potter.
Here is the final piece of the revelation the Father, the Holy Spirit, gave me about verse 4 of Jeremiah 18: God is shaping the clay (us) “…as seemed best to him.” Oftentimes, we end up on the potter’s wheel for a longer period of time than He might have intended simply because we continuously attempt shaping ourselves into who/what we think is most desirable and pleasing. The problem with us shaping ourselves is that we cause ourselves—and others—more hurt, harm, disfigurement, damage, etc. simply because we are not PERFECT as is the potter, God.
If we, in faith, allow the potter to continue His work within us until the day of perfection, we will find our newness free of all the blemishes of our past lives. Stop fighting the potter, for there is more He has in-store for you (us). In the name of Yeshua (Jesus), Amen!
[forgive your enemies and family, Amen]