“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.” Jeremiah 18:5
The potter sits down at the wheel, takes a lump of clay, looks at it, conceives a picture in his mind and begins to work at it. His hands shape the clay as he thinks of how the pot will be used in the future. As he works, he finds that the clay is marred, so he shapes it into another pot as seems best to him.
The potter can work on the pot only for a certain period of time. He can mould the clay as long as it is on the wheel. Within this time, the clay has to yield itself to the working of the potter’s hands. The yieldedness of the clay will determine its usefulness. The more it yields, the more it becomes moldable. The ordinary lump of clay will be transformed into a beautiful vessel of use.
When God is working in our lives, He takes us through certain times of ‘molding’. When we yield ourselves to His working, He works through all that is marred within us – our brokenness, confusion, despair, loneliness, weaknesses, bitterness and the like to bring out something beautiful and good. Our yieldedness determines our usefulness. He gives us our identity, our purpose and meaning in life.
‘Have thine own way Lord, have thine own way. Hold o’er my being, absolute sway. Help me yield unto your working in my life, fully and willingly. In Jesus Name, Amen.’
Yieldedness determines usefulness