In the Hands of the Potter
Although God gives us free will, He is still in control of the universe. He wants to mold and refine us into His image. The potter working with clay reminds us that God is working in us.
Isaiah 64:8 - “But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.”
The word ‘potter’ and its variations appear in the Bible 16 times. A potter is an artist who creates pots, vases, decorative pieces and more. Clay is used to mold pieces into the desired shape, then placed in a kiln to dry and harden, and then painted and glazed. It takes much time and practice to become a true master of the art. Strong and durable, pottery can survive for hundreds of years.
Romans 9:21 - “Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?”
The Book of Matthew tells about Judas Iscariot receiving 30 pieces of silver for betraying Christ, and then he returned the money to the chief priests and committed suicide. Refusing to put this “blood money” in the Temple treasury, they bought a 'potter’s field'. Matthew 27:7-8 – “And they took counsel, and bought with them the potter's field, to bury strangers in. 8 Wherefore that field was called, The field of blood, unto this day.”
This ‘Potter’s field’ or ‘field of blood’ was located outside Jerusalem. It was previously used by potters to excavate clay for their pieces, which over time removed the nutrients from the soil and rendered the land barren. Unusable for farming, it served as a graveyard for unclaimed corpses, and unidentified and/or poor people.
Lyrics: My world is breaking me, Your love is shaping me And now the enemy is afraid of what You're making me. And I know Your way is best, Lord, help me find my rest; And I'll be the clay in the Hands of the Potter.
Just as a potter uses clay to mold his creations, God is the potter and we are His clay. He has created each of us just the way He wants us. It takes time to master the art of pottery-making, and it takes time to become what God wants us to be, but we are responsible for taking what He has given us and using it for His glory.
Artists: Casting Crowns Writers: M.Hall, J.Smith