Yet LORD, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You are our potter; we all are the work of Your hands.
Over the last decades human society has increasingly focused on its own rights, its own pleasures, and its own destiny. Of course, this is on the individual level, not on a societal or national level, for we will not easily release our autonomy for anyone.
So we chart our own course, captain our own ship, and reach for our own stars – at least in our minds. To us life is all about “me”, “my plans, my hopes, my dreams.” In this thinking, God must fit into my plans, must perform according to my desires, and must exist according to my ideas of the universe. But this perspective reflects thinking gone awry, values gone astray, and selfishness gone to root.
The biblical perspective is a reality check for us, the truth of God that calls us back to examine and understand eternal principles that lead us to wisdom and life. The truth is that life is not about us. Our life span compared only to the expanse of time that we know about is miniscule. Yet for some strange reason our egos are enormous and our sense of self-importance all out of proportion to our true condition. If we just for a moment consider the limits of our knowledge, and the limits of our imaginations, even if we combine the whole thoughts of the human race and multiply them all exponentially, they would amount to only a fraction of what God has created, let alone who God truly is.
The prophet responded to the revelation of God with a brilliant metaphor: God is the potter; we are the clay. As the Potter, God has chosen the clay, selected the wheel and even the speed of its spinning, and placed His creative hands around this lump of raw material that you are, that I am, and has begun shaping us. He placed within His creation a will, the possibility of rejection of Him and His plans and rebellion against His authority. He placed within this lump of clay a mind that though capable of perceiving truth, is so easily and willfully deceived by its absurdly large ego, that it rejects reality to embrace independence, if only a deluded-concept of its own autonomy.
The wisest among us, that soul enlightened by God’s revelation of Himself, would crawl back upon the wheel and let the Divine Potter do with him as He chooses, shaping our heart and values, our loves and our hates, our thoughts and our habits, our direction and our goals, our character and our legacy.
Have Thine own way, Lord, Have Thine own way.
Thou art the Potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
(by Adelaide Pollard)
Lord, let us know that life is not about us. You are the Creator and Master. You are the Eternal One and Christ within us is our hope of glory. Sink this truth deep within our hearts and shape our hearts by Your wisdom. Amen.