Daily D – Jeremiah 18:1-6
Jeremiah 18:1-6 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.” (NLT)
If as George Eliot says, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been,” then it stands to reason today is a good day to start on the renovation project of our lives. God turns lumps of clay into works of art and utility. His craftsmanship is unparalleled. Need a chant to get you started and keep you going? Try, “Let’s go, Lumpy!”
God our Creator can do amazing things by combining water and dirt. (See Genesis 2:7.) He can use one thing to create another thing similar, yet distinct, and complementary. (See Genesis 2:21, 22.)
God can take men and women at midlife and make them blossom and bloom. He can place fresh fire in smoldering souls. He can blow fresh breezes through stale minds.
Consider your life. Where could you use renewal? Rate yourself on a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best. How are you doing
What could be better with the touch of our Master Creator’s hand?
What could be improved by his perfect love and enduring faithfulness?
What deficits could he turn into blessings?
This gives us insight into how to pray. Ask God to move your areas of challenge toward strength. Ask him to employ your current and developing strengths to full effect in helping others toward wholeness, beauty, and utility.
Let God turn your “What might have been” into a firm and delightful “Be.”
One last thought: What would Moses have been if God had not shown up and set him on mission when he was eighty years old sitting in the wilderness taking care of wandering sheep?
What would Abram have been if God had not called him to start walking?
What would David have been if his king and his brothers had been competent and courageous?
If you are a boy with big dreams and bigger adversaries, a middle-aged man on a quest, or an old man sitting in the middle of nowhere, a female slave who discovers God is a God Who Sees, a woman turned warrior and prophet, or an old woman who has seen what everyone in her people’s history had longed for, God can take you where you are and fill your life with meaning and purpose.
What is God saying to you? Follow his steps. Finish well.
I will become what God wants me to be by his grace and in his strength.
Our Father, take me as I am and make me what you want me to be. Create in me a pure heart. Give me clean hands. Fill my mind with your thoughts and my mouth with your words. Crowd out every competing source that I may be filled to overflowing with all of your goodness. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”