Jeremiah 18:1 – The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
Jeremiah 18:2 – Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Jeremiah 18:3 – Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
Jeremiah 18:4 – And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Jeremiah 18:5 – Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
Jeremiah 18:6 – O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Jeremiah was the prophet of crazy missions. His ministry was the product of many illustrative sermons preached to him first, and then delivered to the people later. The trip to the potter’s house was just another journey in this experiential theology. At the potter’s house God was going to cause Jeremiah to hear his words.
Ultimately, the lesson learned taught Jeremiah that God desired to get broken Israel back into His healing hands that He might restore and renew them into vessels of honor.
For this lesson to be taught correctly, the potter needed to have trouble with the clay and have the patience to work with the lump again. At the same time, his crowd of one showed up at his shop – the clay turned formidable. The potter wasn’t privy to this process. He was working through what he thought was an ordinary day; however, this day would bring marring and mercy.
Have you ever thought that perhaps what you are going through is for somebody else’s revelation? Possibly the trouble you are working through is a testimony to your anonymous audience of the awesome power of God. The tenderness you show the marred clay teaches the mercy of God to the onlooker.
Viewing your mishap through this lens brings your life into greater focus. The unworkable clay is actually a work of God. The marring in our hands isn’t a mistake. Actually, it’s out of our control. The brokenness and hardness are part and parcel of a higher purpose.
The godly spirit that is produced through your patience, speaks volumes. Working through your problems produces maturity.
You can work through it. ‘Again’ is a word that needs to ring loudly in your life’s language. Whether your marring is in your marriage, ministry, or money: consider a comeback. Work it until it works. Why?
You’re handing out hope while you heal what’s in your hands. The camouflaged crowd observing your actions is connecting the dots to their own dilemma. If you can come through this, their faith begins to fixate on the fact that they can come through their own fault.
Through you, God channels second chances.
In the case of the potter: a nation was saved.
Who knows who you are inspiring?
I do know that if you can make it – I feel like I can too!