Thank God He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away

A dear friend gave us a copy of a CD by Jim Brady  titled “Jim Brady Singing The Hits”.  I love it.  There are so many good songs on this CD.  Jim does a wonderful job singing them and really giving them life for the listener.  One of my favorites is “Until Then” and Jim does a slam dunk job on that.

The song that has really hit home for me is the song “He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away”.  As I listened while driving down the road I really began to hear the words and the truth of the song.  We have probably heard that He is the Potter and we are the clay.

God has a plan for our lives.  He knows the end from the beginning.  He also has an expectation for us.  He expects us to be saved.  He expects us to put our faith and trust in Him.  This really came home for me when I read Jeremiah 18:4, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

Notice it was the clay that was marred.  The clay was in the hand of the potter.  The potter did not have any flaws.  He being perfect, could have given up on me and you immediately; but, He didn’t.  I love the last line of the verse as it says, “… so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”  He has the power to make us what we were intended to be prior to the fall of the first Adam.  The second Adam came to redeem fallen man from sin and make him a new creation.  “Thank God He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away”!

So, how are you doing?

Clay

On Sunday evening our Church studied the book of Jeremiah in a survey style.  I was caught when the study came to Jeremiah 18.  I read these verses every year in my annual Bible reading plan.  For some reason they jumped out at me this time,

Look at Jeremiah 18:4, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”  Here we have a wonderful picture of you and I.  We are “marred”.  Jesus is the Potter and you and I are the clay.  He is molding us into Christ’s likeness.

We do not like to be molded.  As the Potter puts His hands on us it hurts.  It is not a pleasant process; but, it is a vital process.  Notice the clay is marred before the Potter begins the process of turning and molding.  This is like you and I.  We are marred by sin.  This sin separates us from God.  When we come to God and confess our sin He will forgive us and make us His child.  Then starts the process of molding us into the likeness of Jesus.  This is not easy; but, it is vital to our Christian life.

Just like the vessel does not resist the potter you and I need to yield to the Potter and allow Him to make us into what He is shaping and molding us to be.

So, how are you doing?