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The Potter's Choice

Jeremiah 18:1-4​

1.The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2 rise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.

3 Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.

4 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.

As we look at this scripture, God has directed Jeremiah to a particular place that he might hear the word of the Lord. This is a very important part of the lesson given here in the text. If we choose not to move to the place, we will never hear the proclamation. When Jeremiah gets to the potter's house he sees a work being done with the clay. It is the work of shaping and molding.

The potter has the right touch. Just soft enough that He doesn't crush the clay, yet holding firm enough to give it His preferred shape. The wheel is spinning at the correct speed; fast enough that the clay doesn't settle and collapse yet slow enough that it doesn't spin out of control destroying the clay.

However there is a flaw found; not with the potter, but with the clay. It is marred. Some believe that it fell or slipped from the potter's hand, which, when referring to being in the hands of God I find that to be scripturally impossible. Rather there were imperfections in the clay itself.

Now the potter has a choice to make. 1- He can throw the clay out and start with a whole new batch. 2- He can remove the imperfections and work the clay over again. I'm nearly weeping thinking about the choice He made.

My mom once sang a song called “He Didn’t Throw The Clay Away.” Part of that song said, "he did not despair He made it over again and I bless the day He didn't throw the clay away."

I'm thankful that even with my imperfections I have a God who continues working and molding me over and over again. To everyone else I may seem like just another clump of dirt, not worthy of any investment or time, fit only to be tossed aside. But to God, I’m already a vessel worthy of keeping. God’s response to my flaws was to mold me again.

Pastor Todd McClain

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