August 17, 2018
But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. – Isaiah 64:8
My daughter took an art class in high school, where she worked with various clays and molds. Two of the things she fashioned were a cup and a vase. After the vessels were formed, she etched a delicate design around the perimeter of each object, and then carefully set them out to dry. When the hardening process was complete, her creative works of clay were put in a kiln and baked at a high temperature.
When I was in high school, I chose a class where I worked with clay on a potter’s wheel. I learned that the pliability of the clay and your handling of it are very important in constructing a perfect vessel. If the clay is too wet, it becomes sticky and oozes all over. On the other hand, if the clay is too dry, it can’t be shaped or molded properly and it falls apart.
Isaiah tells that we are as clay in God’s hands. God, the Potter, made man from the dust of the earth. He molded each one of us in our mother’s womb and formed each tiny part. We are the works of His hands.
Today, He is still molding and shaping our lives into what He wants us to be, but often problems arise. Sometimes the “clay” He tries to work with is too hard. It can’t be used efficiently until it is saturated with His Word and prayer, and then kneaded to press out doubting and unrest. How the Lord must rejoice when the clay is just the right consistency to be molded!
After a vessel is perfectly crafted and has been dried, it is placed in the kiln to be fired. The intense heat of this process finishes the vessel and makes it stronger. These refining processes are like the tests and trials of life that God lets come our way. They make us spiritually stronger so we can be effectively used by Him.
Are we the type of clay that is pliable? Can the Master mold us easily into a useful tool that can win others for His Kingdom? We want to be a vessel that shares God’s Word and tells the lost world of His love. We can, if we are pliable.
Dear Lord, we realize we are clay in Your hands. Prepare us so we can be molded and shaped into what You want us to be. We know Your hands are waiting to begin the work; make our hearts ready also. Amen.