Old Testament In a Year: October 24 – Jeremiah 18, 19

Jeremiah 18, 19
Focus Verse: And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. – Jeremiah 18:4

With our sins, mistakes, failures, and all-around imperfection, we are often like damaged clay in the hands of God. But God is a gifted potter, and if our hearts are pliable and not hardened, He is able to reshape us into a work of art.

Before we are even born, God has a specific purpose for each of us and He shapes us to fulfill that purpose. But many times, the difficulties of life end up clouding the purpose that God made us to fulfill. Life mars us, bruises us, cracks us, and sometimes breaks us. In such a damaged condition, we are no longer spiritually, emotionally, or mentally fit to fulfill the purpose which God originally intended for us to fulfill.

In His grace and love, however, God does not leave us damaged. He does not give up on us.

He takes us into His hands, once again, and reshapes us into another form that will help us better fulfill the purpose He has for. As it seems good to Him, God reworks our sins to point others to His salvation…He reworks our mistakes to be used for ministry…and He reworks our failures to increase our faith.

Like clay in the hand of a potter, so are we in the hands of God.

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