Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

1 May 2017

God can restore you

‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand.’
Jeremiah 18:6 NIV

The prophet Jeremiah was instructed by God to ‘go down to the potter’s house’ (Jeremiah 18:2 NIV). God then spoke to him about Israel, using the metaphor of the potter and the clay. That metaphor applies to us too. Isaiah wrote: ‘We are the clay, you are the potter’ (Isaiah 64:8 NIV). God, as the potter, is able to mould and transform us, the clay, into something that He can use. But in order for this to happen, we need to be willing to let Him mould us. The potter can only work with clay that is the right consistency. If it’s too hard, or too wet, the potter can’t mould it. So we need to make sure that we’re the right sort of clay for God to be moulding. We need to be mouldable. If we’re too set on our own ways, not open to God and His plans for us, then we’re not mouldable. Instead we need to be focused on Him, and be willing to lay down our plans, the things that we think should happen in our lives, and surrender ourselves to God’s plan. Then He can mould us and shape us into something He can use. We may feel that we’ve become broken, useless and cracked. God can take us back to our clay form, and create something new. He restores us, renews us and remakes us. And that can take time. Creating pottery is a gentle process. The potter has to gently lift and shape the clay. God’s gentle with us too and takes His time in creating a masterpiece. The question is: are we prepared to let Him do that?

What Now?

Buy some clay and mould it into something you could use (like a bowl).

Bible In A Year: 1 Sam 22-24, John 13:1-20

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