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The Potter’s Hand

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Isaiah presents God as the Potter who naturally cares about that which He has created. He created us to be “conformed to the image of His Son” Romans 8:29. Since God is working to make us what He desires us to be, if we resist the potter’s work in our lives, we will ultimately miss the purpose He has designed for us.

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By Pam Vaughn

Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV) “But now, 0 LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”

Isaiah presents God as the Potter who naturally cares about that which He has created. He created us to be “conformed to the image of His Son” Romans 8:29. Since God is working to make us what He desires us to be, if we resist the potter’s work in our lives, we will ultimately miss the purpose He has designed for us.

We as humans are incapable of producing our own happiness and fulfillment. Solomon is a good example of someone who had every human resource at his disposal, but was never able to fill the void in his life. God limits His own power to accomplish His purpose for us by giving us a free will.

When the Israelites were in the wilderness, God rebuked them because they defied Him, and acted as though He had not created them. They acted as though they were in control of their own lives. This type of rebellion is flourishing in the world around us; it is even infiltrating the lives of Christians today. People are becoming more and more open to every type belief and opinion. They are becoming like gods within themselves.

Isaiah 29:15,16 Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the LORD, and they say, Who seeth us? And who knoweth us?

Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of him that made it, He made me not? Or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no understanding.

Life brings imperfections into the vessels of clay, so the Potter works these imperfections out as He chooses. Genesis 1:27 says, God created (tiara) man. Man was also molded and fashioned. Bara is a word used in the Bible only for the creative activity of God. Man is the highest form of God’s creation, and God made man to be like Himself.

Job understood God’s power to create and destroy, as he proclaimed in Job 10:9, “Remember that thou past made me of clay; and wilt thou turn me to dust again? This life is not our own, It is His! Humanity would not be here if it wasn’t for a God who wanted to share everything He had with us. We were born to be made into a vessel that will someday live forever with Him. I f we miss heaven, we will miss the very purpose for our existence.

Regardless of our struggles in life, we must remember that Jesus is bigger than those struggles. Satan was cast down to this earth because of his rebellion against God. He is jealous of God. He wants to destroy our love and respect for a Savior who hung on a cross because of His love for mankind.

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