THE POTTER’S PLAN
In the good times it’s easy to see that we’re making progress, but in the tough times we are prone to feel like we’re not making any progress at all. We react to pain, loss, and adversity by consulting our feelings instead of God’s faithfulness. Understand this: at all times you are securely in God’s hands! ‘…as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand…’ (v. 6 NKJV).
You’re a work in progress and the crucial thing isn’t your circumstances or feelings, but the Potter’s commitment to finish what He began. ‘…He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ’ (Philippians 1:6 NKJV).
Here are two things you must remember while you’re spinning on the Potter’s wheel:
1) The Potter has the right to mold you as He sees fit.
Nothing can prevent Him from making you into what He wants you to become. He is an expert at turning lumps of clay into objects of value and usefulness. ‘Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the …lump to make one vessel for honor…?’ (Romans 9:21 NKJV).
Your job is to stay on the wheel and let God make you into what He desires you to be.
2) The Potter has an individual plan for each lump of clay.
The Potter, not the clay, determines the end-product in the same way that the Holy Spirit determines your place and role in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:18). So discover the Potter’s plan and submit to Him!
‘In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you…’ Jeremiah 18:6 TM
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
2014 Isaiah 64:1-5, 8; 66:2
Oh that you would rip open the heavens & come down. That the nations might tremble at your presence!
When you did awesome things that we did not look for, you came down, and the mountains quaked at your presence.
From of old no one has heard or perceived by the ear, no eye has seen a God besides you, who acts for those who wait for him! You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways!
There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you! But now, o Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, & you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand! All these things my hand has made. But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble & contrite in spirit & trembles at my word!
Rouse yourself to take ahold of Him today! There is no other way! He longs to do awesome things in your life! He comes & works for those who wait upon Him! He has promised you so much! Only believe His word to you! Thrive today! Never delay!