Potter and Clay

Have you ever wished you were different than you are?  You might wish that you had good looks, different hair, different height, different health or different skin color.  You might wish that you had wealth, a different position in life, different parents, or different abilities.  Maybe as a man you wished you were a woman or as a woman you wished you were a man.  Or maybe you just wished that you had fewer problems.  Romans 9:20-21 “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’  Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” 

This passage hits at the center of your relationship with God.  Do you accept that God is your creator and has the right to make you what you are?  Does He have the right to tell you how you should live your life?  As a Christian, you believe that God created everything and that He also made you.  How can you question God or complain about how He made you?  He is God and has the right to do whatever He pleases.  You do not have the right to question your Maker.  It is your position to conform to His will.

There are two general ways you can react to how God has made you.  You can be bitter and rebel against God.  Why did You make me thus?  Why do I have this handicap?  Why do I look the way I do?  Why do I have these difficult circumstances?  You don’t want to obey what God has instructed you to do.  You want to do what you want to do.  You can be unhappy and fight against God.

Or contrarily, you can accept what God has given you and work to develop your abilities.  You can praise God and be thankful for what he has given you.  You can submit to Him, acknowledging that he knows best.  I think of the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14) in which the master gave talents or money to each servant according to their ability.  The important thing was not how much ability each servant had or how much money they received.  The important thing was that the one given five talents and the one given two talents used their ability and the money given to them to make a profit for their master.  The other servant did not use his ability or the money given him for the profit of the master.  As a result he was cursed and cast into outer darkness.

Things can happen in your life that significantly changes you.  You may have something happen to you physically or some event may happen in your life that significantly changes who you are.  Even though you are “marred”, God can take you and make you into something else as it pleases Him.  Jeremiah 18:1-4 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: ‘Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.’  Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel.  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.”  You need to accept that regardless of what you are today, God is supreme and rules in your life and can use you for His glory if you allow Him.

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