As I was preparing to knead and roll out my dough for unleavened bread, I was reminded of the potter and the clay in Isaiah. Holding the soft, pliable dough in my hands and feeling it between my fingers brought such a vivid picture to my mind, a picture of our Father and us.
I noticed once I was done with the bread, my fingerprints (from the flour) were all over the oil, honey, salt, and bowl. I thought about how the Father wants His hand prints all over our lives. He wants others to look at us and see Him. How can that happen? By allowing each circumstance to draw us closer to His likeness.
He wants our lives to point to Him. Our lives aren’t about us, but about letting His light shine through us.
The Father wants to mold us and reshape us back into His image. He desires that we think like Him, respond like Him, and be like Him. He will use circumstances in our daily lives to reshape us. He is the potter that lovingly wants to mold us and create something beautiful for His glory.
Do we love our enemies?
What’s our attitude when falsely accused?
How do we treat others when we’re angry?
What is our response to failed plans?
Through every circumstance and struggle, the Father wants to mold us back into that once beautiful vessel. Like the potter, who sees the end result in his mind, the Father sees the end result He has for us. Unlike the actual clay, we have a choice to let what the Potter does change us. We can accept and grow from the work or we can rebel and refuse to let it change us. He gently scoops us up and lovingly shapes us, with His purpose in mind, but it’s up to us to allow Him to do that work in our life. It’s not always easy and most never comfortable, but the end will be beautiful.
I encourage you to take a look into your heart to see what the Father is trying to do in your life. Will you be soft and pliable dough for Him, or will you be harden clay?
Father, You are such an awesome God. You are so good to us. We are Your clay. We want You to mold us into Your vessel of honor. We want You to have Your way in our lives, so that we may bring You glory. Help us to be pliable for Your work in our lives. Help us to see all that You do is good and for a purpose. Help us to love others like You do and to think before we react. Change us to be more like You. We praise You for being a mighty God and Father. Reshape us back to Your image. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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.
; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.