A friend of mine awoke one morning to find a puddle of water in the middle of his king-sized waterbed. In order to fix the puncture, he rolled the heavy mattress outdoors and filled it with more water so he could locate the leak more easily. The enormous bag of water was impossible to control and began rolling on the hilly terrain. He tried to hold it back, but it headed downhill and landed in a clump of bushes that poked it full of holes. Disgusted, my friend threw out the waterbed frame and moved a standard bed into his room. The next morning, he awoke to find a puddle of water in the middle of the new bed. The upstairs bathroom had a leaky drain.
Life is that way sometimes, isn't it? In Jeremiah's time the people of God found themselves in a bad situation. They were a nation who had given up on God — Chaos ruled throughout the land — Corruption was widespread, morality was on the decline and the people were infected with evil.
Because of their behavior, God gave Jeremiah these words to write:
This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: "Go down to the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." So I went down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. Then the word of the LORD came to me: "O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel." (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
No matter what we have done. No matter what we are doing now, God can still reshape us.
Remember, we are the clay and God is the Potter:
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. (Isaiah 64:8)Our lives can be re-shaped by the Potter
There is nothing God's people cannot do so long as they are being shaped by God's hands.
Remember, our lives can be re-shaped by the Potter:
God has said to His people, "As the clay is in the potter's hand so are you in my hand." When we are flawed, God can remake us! When we fall apart at the seams, God can put us back together again!
Our lives are sometimes shattered by mistakes and regrets, but never throw your life away over a flaw, a mistake, or a sin. Never allow yourself to be broken and remain that way. God can reshape you, heal you, and put you back together again ... if you will submit to him as the clay does to the potter!