Tuesday, February 7, 2012

2012 February 7 - Morning Manna

The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 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 seemed good to the potter to make it. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying, O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel. (Jeremiah 18:1-6)
Today's Morsel: The potter makes vessels. They take clay and pound it and smash it until it's soft enough to put on the potter's wheel so they can mold and make the desired vessel. He pounds it and adds water to soften it. The potter already knows what he desires to make before the clay is ever placed on the potter's wheel. But it's that initial process when he must work with the clay to get it to the right softness which will allow him to be able to easily form what he desires to make. Have you every prayed, "Lord put me back on the potter's wheel?" What about, "God, whatever it takes to make me more like you, do it." Sometimes in our emotions of hype in services, we can see those things in our lives that aren't like Him, and so we may present such a request. And when God obliges, we may wonder why the test. The Lord sent Jeremiah down to the potter's house so that he could view the potter. And then God told him that He could change Israel again if they would allow Him. The vessel is always in the potter's hand. The clay doesn't ask the potter what he's doing, even though it may hurt or be abrasive. We, like the clay, should realize that all things work together to the good to them that love God (Romans 8:28). Paul told Timothy, "But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work" (2 Timothy 2:20-21). God knows what He wants your life to be like, so let Him mold you into His image the same as he did Adam. "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7).
Sing: He's changing me, my blessed Savior, I'm not the same person that I used to be, well it's been slow going, but there's a knowing, that someday perfect I will be.

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