I love the visual pictures in the Bible. I am reading a chapter of Proverbs every day this month with a friend, and I was instantly struck by how Wisdom is personified as a woman crying in the noisy streets, imploring people to turn to her and listen to her. These types of personifications or visual portraits help cement the scripture in my mind’s eye. It’s easy to reference that image when I’m at a crossroads decision…Will I hear and heed Wisdom’s cry or will I follow the path of the evil ones?
There are so many of these pictures in the Bible, and on the first week of each month this year, we’ve been highlighting one of those pictures of God here on the blog. This month, it is God as the Potter.
Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Jeremiah 18:3-4
The Lord tasked Jeremiah to observe this potter to see how that even when the clay was marred, that the potter took that clay and with his expertise remade it into something good. This picture in the book of Jeremiah was that God was calling for Israel to return to Him so that He could refashion them just as the potter did the clay.
This is such a great picture of God’s mercy. Just as Wisdom was crying out in Proverbs, God (through Jeremiah) was crying out to His people to repent and turn back to Him.
Sometimes it’s easy to think of sin as permanent. Maybe we wouldn’t say that, but that’s how we act. It’s hard to see that the same God who calls us to be holy as He is holy, also entreats us to be remade by Him even when we are marred by sin. He is a God of judgment and mercy, and God calls us to Him as the Potter, asking us to entrust our lives back to His hands and see what He can make out of a marred life.
When we come together as a church body, we come from all different places. Some of us grew up in church while others lived a long time in the world before coming to Christ. The truth is that we all meet under the same cross. We all have sin that had to be paid for, and we all need the gospel to the same degree as someone else. And the good news is that we can all be remade into something good for God’s use. There’s no degree of marring that can’t be remade in the Potter’s hand.
Will you trust your life to the Potter? Will you humble yourself and allow Him to remake you? Will you lay aside your pride in thinking that you’re too broken for anyone to fix, and put yourself in the hands of a sovereign God–the Potter? Listen to God’s plea from Jeremiah 18:6, “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” and let HIm remake you.