A Lump of Soft Clay

potter  Pottery is a fascinating art.  The ability of skilled potters to take what is essentially a pile of mud and make things that are useful or beautiful is amazing.  But far more wondrous than this is what God has done in creating you and me.

  Not only has the Lord molded and shaped us from dust, but He also created the dust itself out of nothing.  The composition and form of our physical bodies then is God’s handiwork. Isaiah states, “But now, O LORD, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand” (Isaiah 64:8).  In Job 10:9, Job asked the Lord to remember that “You have made me like clay.”  And Elihu declares “I also have been formed out of clay” (Job 33:6).

  As God has had His way in forming us physically, He also desires to mold us spiritually.  We are to be His new creation (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:18).   Whether or not we will be is up to us.  The dust from which He made our physical bodies had no choice in the matter, but the spiritual clay of the human soul is different.  We can choose to be soft and malleable, or we can be hard, unyielding and inconsistent.  No potter can effectively work with clay that is hard or inconsistent.

  Let us determine to be clay that is workable in the hands of the Lord.  Let Him have His way.  Be willing to change and ready to yield.  Be soft.

Have Thine own way, Lord!  Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mould me and make me, after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still. 

— Steve Klein