July 26, 2015

IN THE HANDS OF GOD

Passage: JEREMIAH 18:1-12

Bible Text: JEREMIAH 18:1-12 | Memory Verses: Isaiah 64:8
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father, We are the clay, and You are the Potter. We are all formed by Your hand
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What Does Scripture say?
Jeremiah is told by God in a vision to go to the potter’s house, and he goes. As he observes the potter at work he sees him start to make a vessel but it becomes marred, so he takes the same clay, pushes it back together and starts over to make a new vessel. God takes this observation to tell Jeremiah that the people of God are like clay in the hands of God, the potter. The potter decides what He will do with the vessel, how He will make it, what He will give to it and how He will use it. It is not for the vessel to tell the potter how it wants to be made, it’s one and only function is to be moldable so it can be used. In the same way, God decides how He will make people, what gifts and talents to give them and how they are to be used. It is not for the people of God to tell Him how to make or use them.

In John, we see where Jesus has been talking with a large group of people for most of the day, it is getting late and the people have not had anything to eat. When the disciples remind Jesus of this, at first He tells them to feed them, but they tell them it would take a year’s wages to feed so many [5000] and they do not have the resources to feed them. Jesus then takes the lunch of a small boy that is there, He blesses it and tell the disciples to distribute the food. The disciples start to distribute the food and it does not run out until all 5000 are served. Jesus tells the disciples to gather what is left over and there are 12 baskets of food left. The disciples marvel at what they have seen

Apply This to Your Life:

As a follower of Jesus, we are like the clay in the story in Jeremiah and God is like the potter. God has plans for us as His children and He has both gifted us and placed us where He wants to accomplish what He has for us to accomplish for His Kingdom, the question is are we or can we be satisfied with that? God wants to mold us to accomplish His plans.

Our biggest challenge as a follower of Jesus is to be able to accept the role of servant to God, to allow God to direct all aspects of our lives and to submit to Him willingly-gladly.

If we believe God is who the Bible says He is, creator and sustainer of all things, then why do we hold back from surrendering to Him? FEAR OF NOT KNOWING GOD WELL ENOUGH, which leads to fear of what He might ask us to do, which leads to us choosing our own path rather than submitting to God’s Plan.

Consider these thought; God is good, God loves you, God has a plan for your life, God is powerful enough to bring about that plan, all the gifts and talents we have come to us from God and are to be used to bring glory to Him and draw others to Him and His kingdom.

Either God is the center of our universe or we are the center. The way we submit to God or the lack of submission is the reality of how we view who is the center of our lives.

Memory Verses: Isaiah 64:8
And yet, O Lord, you are our Father, We are the clay, and You are the Potter. We are all formed by Your hand
____________________________________________________________

What Does Scripture say?
Jeremiah is told by God in a vision to go to the potter’s house, and he goes. As he observes the potter at work he sees him start to make a vessel but it becomes marred, so he takes the same clay, pushes it back together and starts over to make a new vessel. God takes this observation to tell Jeremiah that the people of God are like clay in the hands of God, the potter. The potter decides what He will do with the vessel, how He will make it, what He will give to it and how He will use it. It is not for the vessel to tell the potter how it wants to be made, it’s one and only function is to be moldable so it can be used. In the same way, God decides how He will make people, what gifts and talents to give them and how they are to be used. It is not for the people of God to tell Him how to make or use them.

In John, we see where Jesus has been talking with a large group of people for most of the day, it is getting late and the people have not had anything to eat. When the disciples remind Jesus of this, at first He tells them to feed them, but they tell them it would take a year’s wages to feed so many [5000] and they do not have the resources to feed them. Jesus then takes the lunch of a small boy that is there, He blesses it and tell the disciples to distribute the food. The disciples start to distribute the food and it does not run out until all 5000 are served. Jesus tells the disciples to gather what is left over and there are 12 baskets of food left. The disciples marvel at what they have seen

Apply This to Your Life:

As a follower of Jesus, we are like the clay in the story in Jeremiah and God is like the potter. God has plans for us as His children and He has both gifted us and placed us where He wants to accomplish what He has for us to accomplish for His Kingdom, the question is are we or can we be satisfied with that? God wants to mold us to accomplish His plans.

Our biggest challenge as a follower of Jesus is to be able to accept the role of servant to God, to allow God to direct all aspects of our lives and to submit to Him willingly-gladly.

If we believe God is who the Bible says He is, creator and sustainer of all things, then why do we hold back from surrendering to Him? FEAR OF NOT KNOWING GOD WELL ENOUGH, which leads to fear of what He might ask us to do, which leads to us choosing our own path rather than submitting to God’s Plan.

Consider these thought; God is good, God loves you, God has a plan for your life, God is powerful enough to bring about that plan, all the gifts and talents we have come to us from God and are to be used to bring glory to Him and draw others to Him and His kingdom.

Either God is the center of our universe or we are the center. The way we submit to God or the lack of submission is the reality of how we view who is the center of our lives.