Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Potter & the Clay

I finished reading a new book today & some of the things he said really stuck out at me.

"You, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, You are the Potter; we are all the work of Your hand." - Isaiah 64:8

"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?"- Isaiah 29:16

"Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds on the ground.
Does the clay say to the Potter, 'What are you making?' Does your work say, 'The Potter has no hands?" - Isaiah 45:9

"Who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? 'Shall what is formed say to the One who formed it, 'Why did you make me like this?' Does not the Potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes & some for common use?" - Romans 9:20-21

God IS sovereign. His Will SHALL be accomplished in our lives. Like Job, we can submit to the Hand of Grace without questioning His Will. Job came to an intimate knowledge of the Truth that God reveals about Himself in Scripture:

"My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,' declares the Lord. 'For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9

Like Jeremiah in Lamentations 3:21-23, we can cling to the Faithfulness & Goodness of God, even though we might not feel that He's very good at the time. Like Elijah in 1 Kings 18 & Gideon in Judges 7, we can choose to obey. Their obedience was blessed. Or... we can choose the other path. The choice is ours.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." - Romans 8:28

"No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness & peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms & weak knees." - Hebrews 12:11-12

God IS good. And His ways are BEST. He is WORTHY of all glory, honour & praise!

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