Monday, May 3, 2010

Becoming like Clay

Jeremiah 18:1-6

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD : 2 "Go down to
the potter's house, and there I will give you my message." 3 So I went
down to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But
the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the
potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the LORD came to me: 6 "O house of Israel, can I
not do with you as this potter does?" declares the LORD. "Like clay in
the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.

We humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings.

Giving up control may be difficult for us. When we get ready for God
to remove our shortcomings, we still may want to control how he does
it. We're so used to calling the shots that we'll ask for God's help
as long as he does it on our terms. We may demand that the changes
happen on our timetable, or in the order we feel ready to give them
up, or at a speed convenient to us.

God doesn't work that way. That is why humility is such an important
part of this step. God told Jeremiah to go to the house of the potter
to learn a lesson. Jeremiah said, "I did as he told me and found the
potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn
out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and
started over. Then the Lord gave me this message: . . . Can I not do
to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the
potter's hand, so are you in my hand" (Jeremiah 18:3-6). God told
Isaiah, "What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a
clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who
shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you're doing it wrong!' Does the pot
exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?'?" (Isaiah 45:9).

When we put our lives in God's hands he will reshape them as he sees
fit. It is our attitude of humility that allows us to accept the fact
that he is the Creator. Our new life may be similar to the one we left
behind, or entirely different. God is the master craftsman. Whatever
he does, we can trust that he will recreate our lives beautifully once
we get out of his way!

When we ask him to, God reshapes our lives into something wonderful.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Devotion - Hooked
This devotional was written by Kelly McFadden
One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of
the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very
beautiful, and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said,
"Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the
Hittite?" Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and
he slept with her... —2 Samuel 11:2-4a

Perhaps you enjoy getting out on the water and fishing: The sun
welcoming a new day towards the east, crisp air on your cheeks, the
reflection on the water, and the enjoyment and relaxation of spending
time outdoors. It's you versus nature out there, a chance to catch
your dinner…or at least boast to your friends that you could have
eaten your catch for dinner! Have you ever considered the fish?

Now, the fish is experiencing a different kind of day. Swimming along
in his wet wonderland, minding his own business, the fish suddenly
ascends upon a snack! A nice, juicy-looking morsel floats along
inviting the fish - tempting him - to take a bite. So it does. Next
thing he knows he's fighting for life, gasping for water, but being
pulled closer and closer to death. For on the other side of his snack
is a hook cleverly hidden by his favorite treat.

Perhaps that is what happened to David when he saw Bathsheba bathing
on the roof. It may have seemed innocent at first, just inquiring
about whom the woman was. But then, the little nibble wasn't enough.
He wanted more. He nibbles more and then he is hooked. He sends for
her, and sleeps with another man's wife. Hardly what you expect from a
king who the Bible says is a man after God's own heart.

The truth is that we all are sinners. We lower our standards and
values just for a little taste. The next thing we know, we have fallen
into the trap of sin and don't know how we got there. It starts with a
small lie or a casual glance. One bad choice leads to a whole slew of
other bad choices and we are trapped. Temptation and sin often come in
enticing packages. The problem is that once you have taken a bite, it
gets easier and easier to fall into sin and harder and harder to stop
pleasing yourself. My advice to you and the fish: Don't nibble. Swim


What are the hooks in your life? Recognizing them can help you avoid
bites of temptation.
What can you do to make sure you think about choices and their effects
beyond just their immediate gratification?
1 Samuel 16:7; 1 Corinthians 10:13