Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.”
In art class, I can remember pottery sessions. Everyone would try their best to make something really awesome for their mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa. Some people would make a vase, some would make a pot, and some would make a cup. All I could ever make was something that could pass as a coin dish.
In this verse, Isaiah is recognizing that God is Lord and that He is our Father. God is also recognized as the Potter. God’s creation, humans, are the clay. He makes everything perfect. Some people He makes into vases, some cups, and some pots. He even makes some coin dishes. Why? Because everyone has a purpose.
Clay is very moldable. As long as it is moist and plyable, it can be shaped into anything. Once it is fired in the kiln, it cannot be changed. It is forever that shape unless it is broken. In the beginning years of being a person, those are the formitive years. Those are the years that determine how a person will behave later in life. People try to form their lives the way that they want without the Potter. Once a person becomes an adult, it is hard to change what a person is or what a person does. They become set in their ways and become hardened. They must be broken to be changed and made perfect.
This is what Jesus does. He breaks the old clay and makes us with new clay. He takes the sin that has created imperfections in us and make us perfect with His blood. He makes us with clay that will not get ruined or develop imperfections. We will be incorruptible.
This is only through Jesus that this possible, though. The clay is not more powerful than the Potter. The clay cannot fix itself. Only when the clay allows the Potter to come work in its life does the clay become perfect. The Potter knows the clay and forms it perfectly.
God created us perfect. Through sin, we become imperfect. We are all the work of God and what He makes us into, that is our purpose. We can’t be what we were not created to be. We can be exactly what God intended if we only listen to the Potter. God’s voice is the voice that should guide our path.
Do you want to be transformed? Do you want to be a vessel that is useful to God? Allow Jesus and His blood to transform you into the person that God intends you to be, not what mankind thinks you should be. God’s way is not man’s way. Man’s way leads to destruction. God’s way leads to life eternal. Choose eternal life. Choose the Potter today!
Thank You for being the Potter in our lives. We are the clay that needs to be molded and changed to Your will. We allow sin to change us. We ask that You take the sin that changes us and remove it. We want to be a perfect vessel, fit for a King. We know that we can’t be perfect apart from You. Thank You for the blood of Jesus, shed for the world to take sin and death away. We are not worthy to be remade. Let us forever be grateful for all that You do for us.
In Your loving name we pray,