May
21
2011

Our Potter’s Hands

We’ve all faced bitter disappointment in life.  Sometimes the storms are so great we struggle to make it through the day, but one of the best things about bad days is that they end.  When I was a young boy my grandfather gave me a birthday card with a ship in the midst of a storm on the cover.  In the card he guaranteed me the storms of life would come – he was right.  

A lot of these storms are caused by others, but some are caused by our own bad decisions.  Some of us have made mistakes that have great consequences.  Either way, we all from time to time get extremely discouraged with our situations.  Who hasn’t said “Why me Lord???”  You haven’t achieved what you wanted to.  You thought you could do more, but you haven’t.  You feel so inadequate and think there must be something wrong with you.  OK here it is – without Christ there IS something wrong with you. 

Ephesians 2: 4-5

 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Our great eternal heavenly Father is on His throne.  He is our personal savior and is still working in each of our lives today.  Think about it, the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead is actively working within us right now.  What more do we need.

 Philippians 1:6

 6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

So you have made some mistakes.   You’ve been rejected and let down – we all have.  The storms seem too big and are very painful; you don’t understand and wish things were different.  Some of us don’t like ourselves or don’t like what we’ve become.  Here is something WONDERFUL – if you don’t like yourself, trust God to reshape you. 

 Jeremiah 18: 4-6

 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.  6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the LORD. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

You had a dream to be in a certain place, but something went wrong.   You hoped to be financially secure at this point in life, but something went wrong.  You thought you would be married by now, but something went wrong along the way.  What do you do when you realize something went wrong?  You let God remake you. 

God doesn’t always tell us why.  His ways are not our ways, but He is able to turn our mistakes into miracles.  We are not here by accident.  Let’s exercise the faith God has given us – start today!!

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About the Author: Matthew Johnson

You know some stories are fiction. Some would say my life is a fairy tale, but it is real. My Lord and Savior has blessed me beyond measure with an amazing wife (she is my best friend), four beautiful children and an incredible church family.

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  • Thanks for reminding me of this truth!!

  • Matthew, this is excellent and well timed my friend:)

  • Bro. Matt, thanks so much for the words of encouragement. It is a blessing to feel strengthened by the promises and words from our Lord.

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