Scripture reading for October 19th: Isaiah 64-66, Jeremiah 1, Hebrews 6
Key Scriptures: Hebrews 6:10-12 “For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for His name in service to the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
After warning them again of the dangers of falling away from Christ, the writer of Hebrews encourages them to steadfast service and full confidence in Christ and His promises. They were to guard against sluggishness (spiritual laziness) by imitating those who set a good example of faith and patience. God’s promises are awaiting their faithful perseverance.
Isaiah 64:8 “But now, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You are our Potter; we are all the work of Your hand.”
Prayer: Lord, help me to keep my confidence in You and Your promises firm and growing. As clay, I need You as the Potter in my daily life. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 25th: Job 8-10, Romans 9
Key Scriptures: Romans 9:14, 19-21 “What shall we say then: Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! . . .You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who can resist His will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, . . “
Man has a tendency to bring charges against God for their state in life and for their ultimate fate. But it is never God at fault! God is good and holy in all His ways. Paul says it is God’s great mercy that we must all seek. Thousands of years before, Job asked these same questions as he was going through trials.
Job 9:3, 12 “If one wished to contend with Him, one could not answer Him once in a thousand times.” . . . .“Behold, He snatches away: who can turn Him back? Who will say to Him, ‘What are You doing?'”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your great mercy and goodness. Although I have many questions, I trust in Your mercy and wisdom through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Scripture reading for August 7th: Jeremiah 16-20
“Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” Jeremiah 18:5-6
One of the most interesting object lessons I have seen is that of a potter working on his clay while talking about God’s work on us. Watching as the clay was formed gave me a new appreciation of God’s forming me– and a realization that sometimes I failed to cooperate. How ridiculous is the idea of the clay resisting the potter?
God sent Jeremiah down to the potter’s house and had him watch. As the potter was working, his pot was flawed, and he formed it into another pot, as it suited him. (Jeremiah 18:1-2) God then spoke to Jeremiah about his people being like the clay in the hand of the potter. God was in charge of the clay and the shaping of the vessel that was formed! If the flaws that were in the clay were not eliminated, then the potter would have to reshape the pot! It was as simple as that!
After Jeremiah preached this message, the people plotted against him. They attacked him with their tongues and then ignored him. (Jeremiah 18:18) They had viewed his message as evil and plotted to do away with him! (Jeremiah 18:19-20) Jeremiah became angry and asked God to not forgive them! (Jeremiah 18:23)
In response to all of this, God gave Jeremiah another object lesson. He was to go and buy a pot from the potter and take it to the valley of Ben Hinnom, near the entrance of the Potsherd Gate. Ben Hinnom was the city garbage dump where there were fires burning all the time. It was a picture of hell. There Jeremiah was to tell the people about all the ways that they had resisted the hand of their Potter and angered Him. Then he was to smash the pot as an graphic lesson. (Jeremiah 19:1-10)
It doesn’t pay to argue with the Potter! He is in charge and can do with the clay as He pleases. His desire is to make a beautiful vessel of honor for His house. An uncooperative clay pots will end up smashed in the valley of Ben Hinnom!