A Visit To the Potter's House
Tim Temple


In Psalm 9, verse 17, the Psalmist says, “The nations that forget about God shall be turned into hell and all the wicked.”

Judah, in the days of Jeremiah, was a nation that had forgotten about God; and in the forty years or so of Jeremiah's preaching that is recorded in this book, we see a nation that was in the words of the Psalmist being turned into Hell, just as God said they would be. Chaos was spreading all over the nation because of the worship of false gods and the consuming desire that they had for wealth and for possessions and for power. Corruption had spread not only throughout the government, but into business and into homes and families. Even the religious establishment was infected.

Immorality was so rampant in Judah that prostitution was actually a part of the worship services in several of the false religions that had taken hold in the minds of a lot of those people. All of this together had brought about a sort of a hell on earth for Judah, as always will happen. People who lived in the nation of Judah during Jeremiah's day had problems which were too numerous to count that they had brought on themselves because of forgetting about God. The message from God's prophet, Jeremiah, was that it was only going to get worse.

If you are thinking with me today, you will recognize an alarming similarity to our own nation in this day in which we live. America is a nation that is rapidly forgetting about God. In fact, for many years America has been forgetting about God. In many cases that forgetting has become institutionalized with laws and with judicial rulings making it literally illegal to speak the name of Jesus Christ in the workplace in some instances and in the public schools, etc.

Let us not forget that before the government began to institutionalize those kinds of things, many churches had rejected and refused the Word of God. Churches back into the turn of this century had become liberal and had refused to recognize the Bible as the Word of God and even had, as official statements of their denomination, questioned the deity and the virgin birth of Jesus Christ. So those churches actually set the stage for that refusal of the Word of God by the government. We are too quick sometimes to jump the government, I think. The government felt the liberty to do those things, and politicians, government officials, judges, and lawmakers in many cases had the inclination to take the Word out of public life because that is what they were hearing in their churches.

There is a very real sense in which God's people in the United States are responsible for the problems that we have today because in so many instances God's own people have forgotten about God. That has led to the freedom of our government to forget about God, and that is very, very similar to the day in which Jeremiah lived.

Our prisons are full and more are being built as quickly as they can be. Children are shooting each other in our schools. Crimes of passion, rape and child molestation and child abuse and spousal abuse, are at their highest level in history in some instances. Our nation is forgetting about God. Like Judah, in Jeremiah's day, we are a nation in grave danger of being turned into Hell and that process has already begun. All of that is exactly in line with the Word of God.

One of the purposes of the book of Jeremiah was to warn the people of Judah about that situation. Another purpose of the book of Jeremiah, as we have been seeing, is to show us, among other things, the kind of God Who would turn people into Hell.

Down through the years, many people have gotten the idea that the God of the Old Testament is a God of wrath and a God of judgment and anger and hatred, while the God of the New Testament is a God of love and kindness and overlooking of sin. Actually, neither one of those assessments of God are true. For one thing, there is no difference between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. It is all one God. He has manifested Himself to us; He treats us in a little different way, but His principles are the same. His essence is the same. There is only one God. It is the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament.

In our last study, God showed Jeremiah three of those great truths about Himself. If you were with us for that study you may remember in chapter 17, verse 5, God said to Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 17:

5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

As we talked about it, we saw that that curse is a natural result of men who trust in themselves. There is no hope in man alone for solving the kinds of problems that Jeremiah's nation and that our nation faces.

In chapter 17, verse 9, the second reason for that is that the heart of man, the human heart, is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Proverbs states it:

Proverbs 17:

9There is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.

So man cannot find his way out of these problems. Man is incapable of solving the kinds of problems that the nation of Judah had and that the nation of the United States of America has and that many other nations down through the centuries have had because man is incapable of that.

In the midst of all that, God showed Jeremiah a wonderful, comforting truth in chapter 17, verse 12:

Jeremiah 17:

12 A glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary.

That is, a glorious high throne from the beginning is the place of our sanctuary. In the midst of God's judgment, in the midst of God's prophecies of doom, in the midst of man's playing out the natural result of his sin, there is a place of sanctuary. That place of sanctuary is the glorious high throne of God. The throne room is open to us, and we are welcome to come into the presence of God, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. So there is hope in the midst of all that trouble of Jeremiah's day and in our day.

A Visit to the Potter's House

As we come to chapter 18, God shows Jeremiah another great lesson. It begins with a visit to the potter's house. Look at chapter 18, beginning with verse 1:

Jeremiah 18:

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 Arise, 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.

Here is another one of the several object lessons that God has Jeremiah use with the people at various points in this book.

Let's think first in verses 3-4 about the ingredients of this lesson that God is going to teach Jeremiah. As he looked at the potter making his pots, Jeremiah saw three things that are going to be very significant. They were very commonplace to him. Pot-making was much more a trade in his day than it is in ours. They saw it every day, but God wanted him to look at it more carefully. He saw first the potter himself in verse 3. Then also in verse 3 he saw the wheel that the potter uses to make pots. In verse 4, his attention was drawn to the clay. Then in verses 6-10, we find the identification of these ingredients. We recognize all of these things, the potter's wheel and the clay and the artistic abilities of the potter. We see those things today, even though in our case it is usually more of an artist's kind of a thing or a hobby kind of a thing, but we are all familiar with a potter and the clay and the wheel.

Potter Identified

In verses 6-10, we find what God says the identification of that particular potter is. Look at verse 6:

Jeremiah 18:

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.

Jeremiah knew as he looked at that clay and that potter working with it that he was seeing himself and he was seeing every other man and every other nation in the history of the world. Isaiah the prophet and Zechariah the prophet also use this same illustration of God's working with the clay as the people and nations. In the New Testament Paul uses in Romans, chapter 9, the illustration of God as a potter making out of clay the thing that He wants to make. Paul uses it in his letter to Timothy. It is a common picture in the Old and the New Testaments, and it is a clear picture of God's working in our lives to shape us and to make us what He wants us to be just as that potter, working with the clay, makes that pot or that vase or that bottle or whatever it may be whatever he wants it to be.

The potter represents God and the wheel on which the pots are made represents the various turning circumstances that God brings into our lives that keep us turning and keep us being molded by God.

As Jeremiah watched, some imperfection in the clay caused the potter to have to crumple up the clay and mold it back into a ball and start all over again. In verses 7-10, God explains that picture. Look at verse 7:

Jeremiah 18:

7 At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, and to pull down, and to destroy it;
8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them.
9 And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it;
10 If it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them.

Let me point out to you especially that word repent . We see that word in verse 8 and again in verse 10. God says, “I will repent of what I was doing.” Some of the newer translations translate that with the word relent , and as we will see, the word relent , I think, is a better word. Just as the potter, as I said a moment ago, God brings pressure to bear on nations and on individuals to shape them and make them what He wants them to be. As He turns us on the wheel of the circumstances of life, His hands are on our life, putting pressure here and there to shape us and to make us what He wants us to be.

The same thing is true of nations, God says. When the clay finally becomes molded to the shape that the potter has in mind as he makes this pot, he relents from the pressure. He eases off on the pressure, it says, and the pot or bottle or whatever it is, is allowed to keep the shape that it has taken there on the wheel. But if the clay, for some reason, doesn't take the shape that he had in mind, he relents from the pressure, but he crushes the object that was in progress and folds it back down into a lump and starts over again.

That same thing is true for individuals. When some hard circumstances come into our life, it is the wheel of God and the hand of God bringing you against that pressure of the potter's hand to shape you and me and to mold us, to make us what He wants us to be. If you and I do not resist that pressure, if we allow that pressure to continue, knowing that it is from the potter's hand, in His time, when He knows that you or I have reached that shape that He had in mind from the beginning, He relents from the pressure and allows us to take that shape; but if you or I resist that pressure, if we do not allow Him to continue that pressure, to continue turning that wheel, if we squirm out of those circumstances and find some way to get out of that and get around it, then eventually He will have to crush the clay and make it over again from the beginning.

There are some here today who have been through that experience. There are some who have loved ones who have been through that experience. The process of God's working in our lives began as it should have, even in childhood, in many cases—learning of the Word of God, learning of the principles of God. But many times we human beings so easily, in effect, jump off the wheel which a pot itself could not do, but we humans can do, and get ourselves off the potter's wheel, or refuse in some way to take that shape that He wants to mold us into. If that continues to become such a problem that we are refusing to be what He intended us to be, He has to bring crushing circumstances into our lives—a crisis, a difficulty that is totally beyond our ability to squeeze out of or squirm out from under or to get away from. Then, in His grace and in His mercy, He remolds that clay when we recognize what we have done to the object that He wanted us to be. If we are willing, He is certainly willing and gracious to reform us and remake us into what He had in mind in the first place.

The vital lesson that Jeremiah learned at the potter's house that day and that God wants you and me to learn is the sovereignty of God. He is the potter and we are the clay. There is a lot of human resistance to that very concept, but it is the message of the Word of God.

The apostle Paul, writing to the Romans, uses that very same illustration, as I mentioned a moment ago. In chapter 9, verse 20, he describes those of us who resist the molding of the potter, and he says:

Romans 9:

20 …Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?

How ridiculous for the pot to complain about the way the potter has made it. It is the potter's right to make the pots as he wants them to be, and Paul says, “What a ridiculous thing for the one formed to say to the one who formed it, ‘Why have you made me so?'.”

That is particularly true when you realize the love with which the potter is working on us. In fact, that word relent is a good picture of that because the English word relent , the Hebrew word that is translated with our English word relent , is an interesting word, especially in the context of the lesson. It is the word that basically means “to sigh.” Depending on the context in which it is used, it might be a sigh of relief . On the other hand, it may be a sigh of sorrow . We all know what that is like, don't we? We hear our spouse or we hear some friend, someone who we know well, someone who we know the circumstances in which they are living, sigh, and we usually can tell whether that is a sigh of relief or a sigh of concern.

The sigh to a stranger would sound much the same but as we know them well, we know why they are sighing, and it can be a sigh of relief or a sigh of joy, depending on the context. Interestingly enough, the word is used both ways in these verses that we are looking at. God says in verse 7-8, “If I say to a nation or to an individual, ‘I am going to destroy you,' and I bring pressure to bear on that nation or on that individual and you yield to it, then I will heave a sigh of relief that you are allowing My work to take place, and I will ease off on the pressure at the proper time. On the other hand, if you don't yield to the work of the potter, I will heave a sigh of sorrow. I will be disappointed, but I won't relent from the pressure unless it finally comes to the point that I have to start all over again.”

The Voice From the Potter's House

That sigh of sorrow is what we see in verses 11-17, as we move on in our text. Here we have the voice from the potter's house. We saw the vision that Jeremiah had there; here is the voice in verse 11:

Jeremiah 18:

11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I frame evil against you, and devise a device against you: return ye now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.

There is the molding hand of the potter at work, hoping that the pressure that He is exerting will be enough so that He can sigh with relief as the clay of Judah takes the shape that He wants it to take. But verse 12 shows that that didn't happen. Notice:

Jeremiah 18:

12 And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart.

They said, “This is hopeless.” In other words, “Forget it, God. There is no hope of our taking the shape that You want us to take.” They say, “We will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart.”

“God, I want to do what I want to do. I don't care what You want me to do.” Do you know that very likely every one of us in this room has said that to God at one time or another? Maybe not in those words, and I am sure as I say that, some of you are thinking, “Oh, I've never said anything like that to God.”

Can you ever remember a time when you, knowing what the principles of God's Word were, have gone on and done something that you would prefer to do anyway? Can you ever remember a time when, knowing what the principles of God's words were, you refused to do that thing? Oh, you would never want God to know that you felt that way, but in effect, you are saying, “God, I don't want to do what You want me to do.” You are the pot telling the potter what shape you will be in, telling that to the potter, who loves you, the potter who is lovingly making you the most beautiful pot that he has in mind for the very place in his display of pottery that He wants you to have. The people of Judah said, “That is hopeless. We will not have it that way,” so in verses 13-14, God sighs with sorrow. Notice as we read:

Jeremiah 18:

13 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Ask ye now among the heathen, who hath heard such things: the virgin of Israel hath done a very horrible thing.
14 Will a man leave the snow of Lebanon which cometh from the rock of the field? or shall the cold flowing waters that come from another place be forsaken?

In other words, God says, “This isn't normal. Do people naturally drink stagnant water when they could have available the cold, fresh water that comes from melted snow down the rock channels from the mountain to fields below?” Why would people do that? He says, continuing in verse 15:

Jeremiah 18:

15 Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up;

Why would someone walk on a trail that they were having to hack through the jungle with a machete when they could be walking on a beautiful, paved road? God says:

Jeremiah 18:

16 To make their land desolate, and a perpetual hissing; every one that passeth thereby shall be astonished, and wag his head.
17 I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity.

Is it a hateful God who brings judgment or is He rather a loving God bringing judgment on a people who absolutely refuse to do what He pleads with them to do? All of this is a reminder that God does not bring judgment lightly. Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations, which is the next book after this one, and he is crying over the fact that all of those things God warned about came true. He says, “He does not willingly affect the sons of men.” Isaiah refers to this judgment of God as God's strange work . In other words, judgment is not something that God does first. It is a strange thing when God brings judgment, but if He has to, He will. At the same time, He has this one thing in mind. That is to make a vessel according to His design. Nothing will stop Him. If He has to bring judgment, He will.

Devices Against Jeremiah

Beginning with verse 18, things get much more personal. Here we find the devices planned against the prophet. Notice verse 18:

Jeremiah 18:

18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; for the law shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, and let us smite him with the tongue, and let us not give heed to any of his words.

This is one of the reasons God said in chapter 17 not to put our trust in man or in human reasoning. That kind of thing will bring a curse. Here is an example why. Our human tendency is to shoot the messenger when we don't like the message. Jeremiah brought a message of God's loving concern and of the inevitability of His having to crush them and make something new out of them. What did they do? They said, “Let's get rid of Jeremiah. We don't like what Jeremiah is saying, and we will get rid of him.”

Incidentally, what they are saying in the first part of the verse is, “We are not going to change anything. The law will not perish, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. There are three branches of government there. The law and the counsel of the elders and the prophets, and we are not going to change anything. Everything is just like we like it all the way across the board.”

The latter part of the verse shows that this shooting of the messenger is nothing new under the sun. Look how up-to-date the plans that they made 2500 years go are. “Let us attack him with the tongue”—smear campaign. Doesn't that sound familiar? Anybody who doesn't tow the party line, anybody who is not politically correct and who doesn't say just exactly what the leaders want said, “We will find something with which to destroy their career. We will find something even if we have to make up lies about them.”

Jeremiah's Prayer

In verse 19, as we have seen so many times before, Jeremiah does the right thing. In verse 19-23, we find the prayer that he makes about the problem:

Jeremiah 18:

19 Give heed to me, O LORD, and hearken to the voice of them that contend with me.
20 Shall evil be recompensed for good? for they have digged a pit for my soul. Remember that I stood before thee to speak good for them, and to turn away thy wrath from them.

He reminds the Lord here of how faithful he had been to plead with the people and to plead to God for the people, and look what it got him—a death threat. This is a beautiful example of how to just share our thinking with the Lord. Tell God what is on our minds when we pray. Then he goes on with his prayer in verse 21:

Jeremiah 18:

21 Therefore deliver up their children to the famine, and pour out their blood by the force of the sword; and let their wives be bereaved of their children, and be widows; and let their men be put to death; let their young men be slain by the sword in battle.
22 Let a cry be heard from their houses, when thou shalt bring a troop suddenly upon them: for they have digged a pit to take me, and hid snares for my feet.
23 Yet, LORD, thou knowest all their counsel against me to slay me: forgive not their iniquity, neither blot out their sin from thy sight, but let them be overthrown before thee; deal thus with them in the time of thine anger.

Oh, isn't that amazing? In one verse he is reminding the Lord of how he has wept for these people and prayed for these people, and in the next verse he is asking God to torture them to death. He is like the guy who said, “I love humanity. It is just people I can't stand. I like the principle of God's dealing in grace, but when it is my enemies, I want You to put them to death and do it in as messy a way as possible.”

Really, is this so surprising? Even this is just a confirmation of what we saw last week in chapter 17—that the heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Even a prophet can give in to his feelings sometimes. Instead of praying like Jesus did, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do,” he prayed, “Wipe 'em out, Lord, and the more painful the better.”

This is just a reminder that like we find in many other places in the Bible, how human these giants of the faith really were. It is a reminder that even a person who loves God and who understands the principles of God can here and there make a mistake and slip up. Jeremiah's anger and his hatred show through here. Aren't we glad that it does? Doesn't that make us feel better when we think about our own failures? It is a reminder, at the same time, that we can be completely open and honest with the Lord about our feelings when we pray.

Let me just insert here that when we pray sincerely, even if it is with the wrong motive, as Jeremiah prays in these last few verses, He will convict us of that and in that way teach us more about prayer. Don't ever hesitate to tell God exactly what you are thinking and how you are feeling. That is the comforting aspect of prayer. Don't neglect that. Don't cut yourself off from that; and if, as with Jeremiah, we tell God something that is really out of line with His Word and with the way we ought to be praying, He will let us know that. He won't answer those kinds of requests in the first place, but don't hesitate to be open and honest before the Lord.

God's Pronouncement About Plot Against Jeremiah

Very quickly, in chapter 19, we find the pronouncement that God makes about this plot against Jeremiah. First, Jeremiah receives some instructions from the Lord in verses 1-9. The first instructions have to do with getting set up for the message that God was going to give him. Beginning in verse 1, we read:

Jeremiah 19:

1 Thus saith the LORD, Go and get a potter's earthen bottle, and take of the ancients of the people, and of the ancients of the priests;
2 And go forth unto the valley of the son of Hinnom, which is by the entry of the east gate, and proclaim there the words that I shall tell thee,

He was supposed to go back to the potter's house, but this time he is going to buy a finished product—a flask that has already been fired in the kiln and it is hard and brittle and fixed. Then he was to take some of the leaders of Jerusalem and go out to the Valley of Hinnom.

The Valley of Hinnom was a valley that ran along the edge of the city of Jerusalem, almost the entire length of the city of Jerusalem. It had become a garbage dump with all of the rottenness and refuse that is associated with garbage dumps. In fact, in Jesus' day, even after Jerusalem was rebuilt and reinhabited in Jesus' day, that same valley was still the garbage dump and it was called by that time, Gehenna . Jesus used it as a picture of Hell because of the spontaneous fires that would break out here and there in that garbage dump. That is beyond the scope of this lesson, but that is where Jeremiah was to take them, out to the village dump—this smelly rotten, maggot infested place with fires springing up here and there. The rest of the instructions had to do with the message that he was to give to the leaders who were with him. Look at verse 3:

Jeremiah 19:

3 And say, Hear ye the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah, and inhabitants of Jerusalem; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, the which whosoever heareth, his ears shall tingle.
4 Because they have forsaken me, and have estranged this place, and have burned incense in it unto other gods, whom neither they nor their fathers have known, nor the kings of Judah, and have filled this place with the blood of innocents;
5 They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:

Incidentally, those last couple of verses are a graphic picture, at least in principle, of abortion. The Israelites, as they worshiped these various false gods of the nations around them were literally burning their children to death in the fire, and they would build altars that looked like one of their gods and the mouth would be an opening in which they would place their little children into the fire and burn their children to death in hopes of gaining that god's approval.

What a hideous thing! What an unbelievable thing! Yet, do you know that that happens millions of times every week in the United States of America? We kill babies in the worship of the god of convenience or the god of embarrassment or the god of wealth. We, as a nation, are allowing something that God judged Judah for to take place day after day, and I am afraid we do precious little about it. We say so little about it. We don't let our congressmen and representatives hear when there is an opportunity to write legislation about it. This is a scary verse of Scripture, I am telling you. God's reaction is in verse 6:

Jeremiah 19:

6 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that this place shall no more be called Tophet, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of slaughter.

He goes on to tell in the next verses how He is going to allow the city of Jerusalem to be besieged by the enemy armies and it will be such a strong siege that they will literally become cannibals, killing and eating each other just trying to stay alive. It is a sickening prophecy, isn't it?

It was only a few years until every bit of it came true. Nebuchadnezzar's armies laid siege on Jerusalem and literally starved the people out, but in the process of that starving out process, they became cannibals, and finally Nebuchadnezzar leveled the walls and leveled the city and Jeremiah's prediction came true. For years travelers passing by that site would whistle in amazement. He refers to it as hissing . They would whistle in amazement as they passed by what had once been the great city of Jerusalem.

Finally, in verses 10-13, we see the illustration that God gave him to use to underscore the point. He tells him in those verses to take that flask that he bought at the potter's house and to smash it to smithereens in the view of those religious and political leaders of Israel. He says, “This is what I am going to do to your nation.” It is a graphic picture of their hardened hearts and a picture of what was about to happen to them. This was not the pot of clay that could be remolded and reshaped. This was the bottle, the flask, that was so hardened that when it was smashed, it broke into a million pieces. There was no escape from these prophecies for Jerusalem and for the nation, and as I said a minute ago, all of them came true within a few years.

As we conclude, let me go back to an earlier part of Jeremiah's message. Do you remember how the potter would break down the pot and make a new one from that clay that had some imperfections in it? The New Testament uses that same kind of imagery for you and me, written for us in this day. Paul wrote in his second letter to Timothy, chapter 2, beginning with verse 20:

II Timothy 2:

20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these [that is, the kinds of things that he had mentioned in the verses just before this—godless, empty talk, arguing, and false doctrine], he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.

In the words of Jeremiah, the Apostle Paul is saying, “Let God, the Master Potter, break you down and strain out the impurities and then remold you into a vessel of honor for Him.”

There is one final reference to the potter in Matthew, chapter 27. That is the place where Judas, with his conscience strained and not confessing his sin, but trying in some way to salve his conscience, took the bribe money back to the priests, in verses 3-5. Those hypocritical priests, not wanting to keep the money because it was money stained with blood, said, “We can't keep it,” even though they had given it to Judas in the first place. They took that money and they went out and bought a potter's field, the place outside the potter's shop where he would cast all the shards and castoffs from his work. They bought that field outside the potter's house to bury homeless people when they died. So in a really amazing way, the blood of Christ which was shed for us partly aided and brought about by the blood money of Judas, becomes a part of the story of the potter.


As God the potter molds us and makes us, He does it with blood-stained hands. He does it with hands out of which have flowed the blood which paid for our sins. It hurts to be broken and crushed by the potter. It hurts to be pushed on by the potter as the circumstances of life spin us around in His hands; but as He does that shaping, or even if He has to do that crushing that Jeremiah warns about, He does it with the hands that were pierced for us in the first place. He does it with an incomprehensible love.

Will you allow God to shape you and mold you and make you into a vessel sanctified and meet for the Master's use, to use Paul's words in II Timothy, no matter how much it hurts? He molds us and makes us, and He does it with hands of love, stained with His own blood.


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