When The Clay Talks Back To The Potter

potter clay

Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?

Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?

Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.

I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.

Isaiah 45:9-13

We are better off trusting God rather than supplanting Him.

We have inherited an inborn desire to be God from our original ancestors. Pride deceives us into thinking that we can do God’s job better than He can. We have all these plans laid out for our lives (without consulting Him) and we get frustrated, even resentful when God doesn’t abide by them. And these are not trivial things I am talking about, like work or family. There are people who have been looking for jobs for months, or even years, and they feel like they are being stressed to the breaking point. Why does God tarry and not provide? Does He not care? Is He glorified when we are stuck and there are no prospects?

You are not going through whatever it is you are enduring because there is a lapse in God’s plan for you. He is not preoccupied with something else. I find it jarring when I consider that everything that has happened to me is part of God’s will. It makes me a little apprehensive to know that I am that exposed as I follow the Lord. There is no bubble that God makes for us so that we will be insulated from the cares of life. But that is not reason for fear because Jesus told us that He has overcome the world.

The problem with the clay’s resentment towards the potter is his lack of faith. He does not believe God knows what He is doing and since he has no understanding or control over anything he is in disarray. Without that trust he certainly cannot serve the Lord and he will not gain spiritual maturity. He is more likely to do anything he can to get out of that situation and avoid suffering altogether. But if there is no suffering, no cross, then there is no glory and thus no hope. By this point he is not even trying to live his life according to God’s will because he is deciding what to do himself. He is not the Lord’s servant because he is acting like the master.

God knows the big picture and we do not. In fact, we will not know it in this life. Not only do we not know but I believe we cannot understand it, even if He explained it to us. I believe it would be so overwhelming that it would do more harm than good. It reminds me of my toddler nephew and nieces who ask difficult questions at times. How do you explain death and evil to a child? You will mess them up for a long time trying to explain it to them. Instead, you have to tell them what they need to know so that they can trust you in their ignorance until they get older. We have that interesting quality of being smart enough to pose a tough question whose answer is beyond our ability to understand. We have to trust God in our ignorance as well.


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