Earthen Vessels

Isaiah:64:8: 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.

The Lord brought man into existence using the dust of the earth. He shaped man into form with His own hands and is truly the Potter. Just as He is the creator, we are the created, the clay or earthen vessels. We, being His creation, should submit ourselves to Him as such.

He gives us our very shape, He has formed us according to His purpose. We should remain as clay, allowing Him to continue the work He has started. Once we have submitted ourselves as clay, we should take note that our molding by His hands will continue as a work in progress. We will not always understand why we are, at times, pushed, scraped, or pulled apart. We cannot see the finished vessel God is preparing us to become from where we are. Our views are obscured by the flesh, by the intrusion of an increasingly wicked world. Our focus becomes narrowed by concentrating on spiritual battles instead of the war which Jesus has already given us victory.

We see beauty in the art of sculpting. There are many museums with timeless, classic, and priceless sculptures. These works of art evoke many emotions, thoughts and wonders. Through the art we then recognize how gifted the artist is or was. Often we exclaim what visionaries they are or were and give praise to their talents and work.

We, at our very best, are dust. The very best we can create is but a poor imitation:

Matthew:6:27: Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Matthew:6:28: And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Matthew:6:29: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

This speaks to the majesty of God’s creation. He being the Master Potter, how much greater is His vision for His children than that which they have envisioned for themselves? We will not always understand, but we must always trust in the One who never fails. Today, let us praise Jesus for all that we are and all that we are yet to be for His sake!

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