Clay in the Potter’s Hands

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There is an old Scripture in Song chorus that we used to sing that said, “Change my heart O God, make it ever true, change my heart O God, may I be like you… You are the potter, I am the clay, mould me and make me, this is what I pray.” There are many references to God as the ‘potter’ in the Bible. This one particularly reflects Isaiah 64:8 which speaks of the fact that God is our Maker—the one who fashioned us by His own purpose and will. Just as a potter shapes a piece of clay into something useful, so God shapes us into that which is useful for Him and for His purposes.

This tells me that I find true meaning and purpose in my life when I submit myself to God and allow myself to be used for the purpose for which He made me. Unfortunately, what happens all too often is that we, as the clay, try to dictate to the potter what we want to do/be. That, to me is both foolish and arrogant and it usually results in pain and strife for us.

We all, at some point in our lives, ‘mess up’ and become broken. However, in God’s grace, we can find redemption and hope. In Jeremiah 18 God tells the prophet to go down to the potter’s house – when he arrived the potter was working at his wheel but the vessel he was making was ‘spoiled’ in the potter’s hand. And, so, the potter reshaped it into another vessel. This tells me that, even though we fail, that does not prevent God from using us – He has the ability to ‘reshape’ us and use our broken-ness for His good.

Trust in the Potter – He will shape you into something beautiful and worth-while.


Pastor Duncan