In His Hands

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Jeremiah 18:1-6 (NIV)

18 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.

 

In this passage, God is teaching us about His relationship with His children.  He says that He will deal with us the way a potter works with clay and that we, like the clay, are in His hands.

God deals with believers in two ways.  First, He is molding every one of us into the image of His Son, Jesus.  Second, He is shaping us for a specific purpose, one that is individually designed so we will help build His kingdom.

Our part as the clay is to submit ourselves to His purpose.  As the Potter, He may subtract something from our lives similar to removing lumps from clay.  Another possibility is that He may speed up the pace until we feel as if we’re spinning.  Or, desiring a new shape for His “vessels,” He might dramatically rework our pattern of living in order to start us in a new direction.

If you are anything like me, you might not like change very well.  We get comfortable in our lifestyle and existence and any major changes to that are scary and can be really uncomfortable.  What we have to keep in mind is that God wants what is best for us and He is taking us to a much better place, even though we may not see that at the time.  The short-term can be difficult to endure, but once we come out on the other side, the place that we should have been all along, we see how much better it is and soon forget about our old life from before.

Our responsibility is to accept any changes from the Master Potter.  We can do this confidently because we are in God’s hands.  Scripture describes God’s hands as:

  • Creative hands whose skillful work is displayed in nature.
  • Hands filled with righteousness.
  • Hands that give life and take it away.
  • Mighty and powerful hands that rescued Israel from Egypt and us from slavery to sin.
  • Hands that protect us.
  • Hands that were pierced so we might be made new.

When we think about being clay in the Potter’s hands and the ways God deals with us, we can relax.  “In His hands” is exactly the place that we want to be.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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