Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Jeremiah 18-22: A Vessel of His Choosing

Jeremiah 18:1-4
Amplified Bible (AMP)

18 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord:

2 Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.

3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he was working at the wheel.

4 And the vessel that he was making from clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he made it over, reworking it into another vessel as it seemed good to the potter to make it.

God is making us into vessels, but like Israel, we too can be "spoiled in the hand of the potter."

To be honest, reading the book of Jeremiah feels uncomfortable.  This unsettled feeling is the result of remembering just how "stiff-necked" we can be.  Doing things our own way, living as though we are the masters of our own destinies, trusting in men to save and deliver us rather than God are all symptoms of stiff necks.

Our Father, in His mercy, has given us the ability to choose His ways over our own, yet how often do we purposely close our ears to His guiding whispers?

It is a good thing to feel uncomfortable and unsettled, because in that state we are being convicted by His Spirit.  Where the Spirit convicts, there is also empowerment for change. 

Holy Spirit, thank You for Your whispers.  Thank You for empowering change.  Thank You, Jesus, because without You all hope would be lost.  We cannot, we will not be a stiff-necked people.  We will open our heart and listen.  We will not only hear, but we will obey.  We will trust in You to form our lives into the vessel of Your choosing.  Empower us for You!  In the great and awesome name of Jesus!!!  AMEN!!!

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