Posts Tagged ‘a right heart’

The Potter and the Clay

May 1, 2014

Sometimes we are unhappy with our selves, or our circumstances.  Sometimes that is something that we can change, and sometimes it is something that we should accept.

I.  The Potter and the Clay:  Isaiah 64:8

But now, O Lord,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.

It is good to remember that God is in charge.  Our lives are in His hands.  Whatever we attempt to do requires His blessing for it to succeed.  I do not believe that we are mere puppets manipulated by a master puppeteer, I do believe that we are able to choose our actions, but the result of those actions can be affected by God.  It is appropriate to evaluate circumstances, and work for change,  but we should recognize that unless God is in those efforts, they will not succeed.  There is a tension between being at peace with who we are, while also working at who we are becoming; between accepting was is; while working for what could be.

He is the potter, we are the clay.

II.  Glory in the Lord:  Jeremiah 9:23-24

Thus says the Lord:

“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,
Let not the mighty man glory in his might,
Nor let the rich man glory in his riches;
24 But let him who glories glory in this,
That he understands and knows Me,
That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

There are times when we are tempted to glory in the things of this world: our wisdom, our strength, our riches.  These things are gifts from God, even if we have worked for them, and can be taken away from us.  Rather, we should glory in our knowledge of God.  The fact that we are able to be in His presence, that His Spirit dwells within us; these are the things in which we should glory.

As we grow in our knowledge of the Lord.  our lives should reflect his traits.  Lovingkindness, judgement, or justice, and righteousness should be present, and growing, in our lives.

We can rejoice, or glory in the Lord, and the work that He is doing in our lives, and in our midst.

III.  Our Heart

    A.  An Evil Heart:  Jeremiah 16:12

 And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.

Some people think that they can simply let their hearts direct their choices.  The problem with that, is that our hearts can be inclined towards evil.  We need the guidance of the Spirit of God, and the Word of God, to be able to discern right from wrong, good from evil.

    B.  A New Heart:  Jeremiah 31:31-33

“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

These words were written about Israel, but it is widely recognized that through Christ, Christians are the new Israel, the new people of God. (That does not mean that God does not still have special plans for the descendents of Abraham.)  As Christians we are a part of a new covenant with God.  This covenant is not based on the external performance of the works of the law, but rather upon an internal relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.  This relationship results in a new creation, a new heart, and God works from the inside out to mold us into the people that we are meant to be.

We do not obey God, so that we may know God.

We know God, so we may obey God.

He is the potter, we are the clay.

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