This time of year always brings about resolutions. Some will actually write down a list of things they wish to accomplish in a year, others will make a mental checklist. If you are like me, one of your resolutions may be to be healthier and make healthier choices ( I feel like I am on a perpetual diet roller coaster). But this year, I wanted to make a resolution that meant more than just losing weight, I want to be spiritually healthy. Spiritually strong. Spiritually able. Spiritually ready. The only way I can be those things is on the Potter’s wheel.
I recently was watching a video of a potter working on clay and it immediately made me imagine myself on God’s potter’s wheel. I watched as the potter spun the wheel and began to shape the clay into something unique and beautiful. At times, the potter was gentle and other times he was strong-handed, but it was all to make the clay into what he needed it to be.
Isn’t that just how God works on us? He knows the times when we are fragile so He is gentle in molding us and, other times, when we are more stubborn, He molds us with a stronger hand. Life on the potter’s wheel is not meant to be comfortable. It is meant to be a shaping process – a process that spins us and our world around.
Jeremiah 18:1-6 “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 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. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.”
The process of molding clay is time consuming, messy, and tasking, but a good potter does not quit until he gets the desired result.
God is a good potter. He does not quit on you. That good work He began in you, He is faithful to finish and complete. He never quits shaping you as long as you stay on the potter’s wheel, He can work on you. It is your choice as to whether or not you let God’s hands work freely in your life.
Often times we prohibit God’s hands from working because we are hardened in certain areas. Those areas can be areas where we are hurt, or are bitter. Other times, we are soft in areas which are the areas we need to be strengthened the most in and that is done with growth and knowledge in the Word of God.
A lot of times we don’t realize things or people are separating us from God and tying up His hands. We either step off the potter’s wheel or are not pliable in His hands because of this. Let this season be a reminder of His goodness and mercy, a time where God can remove the scales from your eyes concerning what has kept you off of His wheel.
Isaiah 29:16 “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”?”
We have to learn to embrace the shaping process. Yes, our toes will get stepped on. Yes, sometimes there is a sting when we are reproved, but in the end, if we maintain the change and maintain the shape we were molded into, we will be made into something beautiful, miraculous, and useful for His Kingdom.
Next time you feel your world spinning out of control, consider the Potter’s hands at work. Allow God to shape you in times of trial, where nothing seems to work out right. Everything you go through has the power to shape you into someone stronger than you were before. This life we live in is a wheel that continually spins, so let Jesus take the wheel, where He can mold you into exactly who you need to be.
Trust God’s process and let Him be the Potter of your life. You have a purpose that He is shaping, molding, and contouring you for. The molding process, the shaping process, takes time and requires patience from both God as the potter and us as the clay. Your testimony will be one of how God made you who you are today and will lead others to Christ when you stay on His wheel.