We are people who mess up, we don’t get everything right.
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Jeremiah 18:1-5
The Potter is shaping a vessel, and He notices that it needs to be made over. The children ofIsraelstrayed from God and His Word. Jeremiah was pleading . . . “I know you are in this state, but God can make you over”.
God has the ability and the desire to make us into new vessels.
We’ve gotten ourselves into situations, but God wants to make us suitable so that we are identified with Him.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. 21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
II Timothy 2:21, 22
Remember that God shapes us through the situations we go through. He is shaping us in the process. Situations don’t seem good in the moment, but God is shaping us. God is working situations out to make us better. Our responsibility is to trust that God is in control.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
In Jeremiah God is giving them an invitation – Come and be transformed, and be made new. It’s up to us to go and be transformed. We can say, YES to God. He knows we are damaged, yet He can make us useful for His purpose.
Notice their response in verse 12 of Jeremiah 18, And they said, “That is hopeless! So we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.” They could not resist doing their own thing. They knew their heart was evil. This is us, as we still rely on ourselves and not on God. What are you going to choose?
Don’t reject God’s offer! Whatever causes us not to acknowledge God first, be quick to let it go.
Foundationally, remember that everything God does is for our good. We are in the hands of a faithful God!