“Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make it.” – Jeremiah 18:3-4
We all tend to wonder about the various things we experience in life. On one hand we know that God causes or allows everything to happen, on the other hand we cannot understand how it is working for good. As students of the Bible we know God does all things well, but some things make no sense to us–we suppose they could/should be better. So we are confused. Our text gives us some insight as to why this is so. God is ever at work in our life making us a vessel as seems good to Him. And He is neither asking for, nor accepting, advice from the clay. We need not know the reason for everything that happens. All we need to know is that there is a reason–a good reason.
Adrian Rogers said, “The making of pottery is one the oldest arts known to men. A potter takes clay and molds it and squeezes it until it is soft and pliable. It is a beautiful thing to watch: a vessel of beauty or a vessel of service, or both, emerge from that ugly clay.
God is the potter. We are His workmanship. God is the Master Workman, working on us. Think of yourself as the clay and see what God can do with you, for He is at work in your life.
Though you may not understand it now, every turn of the wheel has been a part of God’s plan. If He does not rule, God overrules. He’s going to turn every Calvary to an Easter, every midnight to a sunrise. He is going to turn every tear to a pearl and make a diadem for you.”