“The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, ‘Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.’” Jeremiah 18:1, 2
Picture a potter, a master artisan, focused on a large clump of formless clay as it spins on the potter’s wheel. The clay has no will of its own or voice in the shaping process. It is completely at the will of whatever is in the mind’s eye of the master artist.
He sees the finished vessel and its intended purpose before he applies the first pressure to the clay in his formation process. He carefully removes the excess, unwanted, and unneeded material which would distract from the picture in his mind. He continues to shape and form the clay into the image of his choosing, working diligently until the vessel has reached the place of completion as he sees it.
God is the potter, we are his clay. He shapes us for his purpose and plans. He forms us into the image best suited for his intentions and pleasure, which is when completed, the image of his Son Jesus Christ.
The only difference in this illustration of clay and humanity is we are given the option to surrender ourselves to the potter and his process of forming vessels of honor to the glory of his name.
Shape me, mold me, and use me for your glory Lord. May your will be done. Amen.