Posted by: SandreS | March 14, 2010

The Potter Has Power! – Peace in the Middle of Life’s Greatest Trials, Part 10

Another foundational principle from God’s Word that will guide our hearts to peace, even as we experience life’s great trials, can be found in Romans 9:21.

Has not the potter power over the clay …?

In the Scriptures Father is spoken of as a Potter; an analogy that places great emphasis upon His ever-present hand, and His well-designed plan in our lives.

The Potter always has complete power over His clay. He designs and makes His clay-creation according to His Own masterful plan. He is active in His craftsmanship, with His hands-on skill.

Isaiah the Prophet also confirmed this important principle.

But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter; and we all are the work of Your hand (Isaiah 64:8).

Paul validates this universal principle of Father as the Potter, and we as His clay.

Who are you who replies against God? Shall the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me thus?” Has not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor? (Romans 9:20-21).

Down to the Potter’s House

In Jeremiah 18:1-6 God called Jeremiah “down to the Potter’s house.” It is critically important for the believer to “go down to the Potter’s house.” It is only here that we will ever gain the true reality of the divine perspective. When Jeremiah went down to the Potter’s house, there he saw the Potter fashioning “a work on the wheels.”

The Potter Is in Control

Of course Jeremiah could clearly see the clay for what it was – just passive material, and that it was the Potter, and the Potter alone, Who was steady at His important work.

It was the Potter Who wrought a work on the wheels.” A visit to the Potter’s house reveals that it is all about the Potter. The clay, after all, was just soil from the earth – completely powerless over its own design and destiny.

… Being predestinated according to the purpose of Him Who works all things after the counsel of His Own will (Ephesians 1:11).

The Potter Is Responsible

Whatever is made of the clay on the Potter’s wheel is totally the responsibility of the Potter. Clay does not have the power to make itself into anything. Nor does it have the power to resist the Potter’s purposes.

Marred Vessels

And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter …

Jeremiah saw that the vessel was “marred” – but do not miss this! It was “marred in the hand of the potter …”

Of course it was! The clay can’t mar itself! If the clay vessel is “marred,” it is the Potter’s responsibility.

A trip to the Potter’s house will reveal the hand of the Potter in everything – even in all of life’s brokenness. After all, He is the One Who mars the vessel; it is His doing. Clearly and simply, any vessel is what it is because of the Potter.

Marred, but Still in the Potter’s Hand

We are in the hand of the Potter. He is making us. Regardless of the stage of the clay’s formation on the wheel, it is always in the Potter’s controlling hand. Furthermore, not only is the clay on the wheel in the Potter’s power, the clay is also always close to the Potter – for His hands are all over the clay. This speaks of the closeness of the Potter and His clay.

What peace have we who truly consider these words. It matters not what our lot in life may be; what our circumstances may be like – each of His vessels rests ever secure in His able hands.

For in Him we live, and move, and have our being … (Acts 17:28).

This is the central truth that will allow us to,

Be careful for nothing … (Philippians 4:6).

William Mealand (1873-1957) wrote of this wonderful truth.

How great a thing it is to realize ourselves as in His Hand! What equipoise and calm! For then, should wayward circumstance, or mood’s despair come near, it is to find us still within that hand. As our “faithful Creator,” His Word is confirmed to our hearts in all its fine gradations: “I have made, and I will bear. Even I will carry, and will deliver you.”[1]

He Made It Again – Another Vessel

He made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it …

Jeremiah also saw a process. He saw the Potter making the clay over again into another vessel. If the clay is “made again another vessel,” that too is equally and entirely the Potter’s responsibility. The Potter is always responsible for whatever He makes.

The Potter is faithful to continue His work until He has made the clay into the vessel of His own desire and plan. This is simply the Potter’s way: the clay is marred and then made new. We see it in the entire story of creation, for, there is coming a day when there will be a “new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness” (II Peter 3:13).

The Spinning of the Potter’s Wheel

Be honest. Do you not often feel that your life is spinning out of control? Does it not seem to you to be quite a mess? That it is simply marred (ruined), veering wildly on a purposeless course?

This is nothing more than the spinning of the Potter’s wheel beneath you.

The Pressure of the Potter’s Hands

Do the pressures of life bear down hard upon you? Does the pressure feel too much at times; more than you can bear?

Paul, our Apostle, felt these pressures hard. They seemed unbearable and life-ending. Listen to his heartfelt expression, that he was

… Pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life (II Corinthians 1:8).

Know this truth – these are not the mere pressures of “circumstances” that you feel. This is the hand of the Potter pressing ever so firmly on surface of your clay. Do you think that this pressure is hindering the work of the Potter in your life? No, indeed, it IS the work of the Potter!

Beloved of the Potter, do not be discouraged with His loving work of wisdom. Trust Him implicitly. Patiently wait upon Him as He does His life-long work on you. After all, you are His workmanship, and He alone is responsible.

Do not be disappointed with His work; His methods and His timing. Simply trust Him unreservedly. He is absolutely skillful and faithful and He will accomplish His work (you) to supreme perfection!

Do not fret. His work is larger and grander than we can see from the vantage of the spinning wheel. You are who you are because God has made you that way. You are ever changing – marred and remade, because He is the Potter, and you are His clay. The Potter is steadily and devotedly working His clay. He is working, making you the vessel of His own choosing.

… Shall the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me thus?” (Romans 9:20).

Because you are God’s clay – His “workmanship” – He is responsible for who you are at every stage of the process. God will use His turning wheel and the firm pressure of His hands at His own discretion.

The Potter has power – He has power over the clay. Father is always the Potter, and we are always His clay.

Acknowledging this can settle the weary heart and bring peace to the troubled mind. Regardless of the situations that we face, Father is in control. Rest in that.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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[1]In the Hand of the Potter, in the Unsearchable Riches Magazine.

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