The Potter’s House
Jeremiah 18:1-6 “The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the LORD came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? says the LORD. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”
When we are saved we become excited about the things of God and we generally pray this prayer: “Oh Lord, I want to be what you want me to be and so do whatever you have to do in my life so I can become just like you.”
It’s at that time that he spiritually sends us to the Potters House like he sent Jeremiah and that’s where we sing the old song from Isaiah 64:8 “Yet, O LORD, thou art our Father; we are the clay, and thou art our potter; we are all the work of thy hand.”
Matthew 22:14 “…many are called, but few are chosen.”
So the Lord begins to the work of molding us and shaping us on the Potters Wheel. Do you know what happens next? Just think about it… when the potter places clay on the wheel he starts the wheel spinning and, if the clay could talk it would usually be heard saying something like this: “Hey, what’s happening? I’m getting dizzy. I don’t understand what’s going on here. All I asked for was to be made into a beautiful vessel so why is everything spinning around?”
You see the place we call The Potter’s Wheel is actually “The Wilderness”!
What’s The Wilderness???
Psalm 63:1 says it’s a dry and thirsty place:
In Exodus 14:11 the Israelites called it A place of death
In 1 Kings 19:4 Elijah knew it as a place of Depression
Psalm 107:4 says it was a Lonely place
In Matthew 4:1 Jesus knew it as a Place of Temptation
In Hebrews 3:8 it’s called a Place of Hardened Hearts
That’s why Everyone wants to get out of the Wilderness!
No one wants to stay on the Potter’s Wheel because it’s such a hard place to be!
But if we keep “Looking Unto Jesus”…
We can follow His example and go through things that are hard to deal with and say: “Father, not my will but Thine be done”. Then “The Wilerness” will be something different for us and we will stay on The Potter’s Wheel…
The Wilderness can be…
A Place of Prayer Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
A place of Guidance Nehemiah 9:19 Yet thou in thy manifold mercies forsook them not in the wilderness: the pillar of the cloud departed not from them by day, to lead them in the way; neither the pillar of fire by night, to shew them light, and the way wherein they should go.
A Place of Revelation Luke 3:2 …the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
A place of Selection… 2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election (Divine Selection)
A place of Provision Nehemiah 9:20 Thou gave thy good spirit to instruct them, and manna to feed them and water to drink when they were thirsty.
A Place of New Things Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and streams in the desert.
A place of Power Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned (from the wilderness) in the power of the Spirit
A Place of Intimacy Song of Songs 8:5 Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved?
A place of Distinction Song of Songs 3:6 Who is this that cometh out of the wilderness like pillars of smoke, perfumed with myrrh and frankincense, with all powders of the merchant
When we see the Wilderness in these ways we will understand that it is in reality…
A place of Love
Proverbs 3:11-12 My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction:
or whom the LORD loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son whom he loves.
So, where are you???
If you stop “Looking unto Jesus” you will pray that it all stops so things can “get back to normal” and reject the Potter’s Hands…
But if you keep “Looking unto Jesus” then you will pray for grace to remain on the wheel knowing that somehow God is at work in the dizzying, confusing circumstances we are it.
Hebrews 12:15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled;
When we pray for it all to stop and go back to normal we are taken off the wheel and become hardened to the Hands of God. You see, clay will harden once it is off the wheel. If the work of the Lord was accomplished then the vessel would be ready for the next step. But, if it refuses the Potter’s Wheel and asks for things to stop then it is removed and it becomes hard hearted and carnal. People in that condition usually start to backslide shortly after that experience.
Marred… on the wheel but resisting His Pressure…
Now, just like the vessel on the wheel, things are not turning out as the Master planned. If the clay stays on the wheel but does not submit to the pressures that are placed on it by the Master the vessel becomes “marred” and the Master has to change the design. We don’t always end up with what we thought we would!
It’s not that the Master doesn’t want us to be what we want to be… it’s that we are not yielded to His touch! Many people don’t like what they are and so they rebel in some way or another. They become difficult. They are not like the first ones who became carnal but they are rebellious… I don’t know which is worse!
Once we rebel, we are then thrown out and broken in pieces. We become potsherds! We’re broken. We are no longer in His will… We are on our own!. We then have to decide if we are willing to start the process over again! If not, we remain just a broken person. A “wounded” Christian who does not live the life they want and does not achieve what either they or God wants for them.
There was a person in the Bible who exemplified this process and demonstrates just how tragic it can be. He was prophesied of in Zechariah… we know him as Judas Iscariot.
Zechariah 11:12-13 “Then I said to them, “If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of silver. Then the LORD said to me, “Cast it into the treasury” — the lordly price at which I was paid off by them. So I took the thirty shekels of silver and cast them into the treasury in the house of the LORD.
We know that Judas went and betrayed the Lord for 30 pieces of silver and later threw that money into the Temple. The Jewish leaders used it to actually buy the Potter’s Field for burial grounds. It was a field that was strewn with potsherds. They were the broken pieces of clay from the marred vessels the Potter just could not work into what he wanted them to become. These vessels were thrown out of the House and broken into pieces out there in the field.
The symbol of rebellion and carnality became a place of burial!
How many people have had their lives have been shattered over the years because they refused to become what the Master was trying to make them into? Is this how we want to end up?
Matthew 22:14 “…many are called, but few are chosen.”
Between being “Called” and being “Chosen” there is “The Wilderness”… The Place of Purpose!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a purpose.
So let’s get back on the Potter’s Wheel!
God’s Mercy is so great that if at any time our lives He hears us sincerely ask for Forgiveness for Rebelling against His Hands He will go out into the Potters Field and pick us up and work a miracle! He will place us back on the wheel and start to do a new thing in our lives!
One thief on crucified with Jesus stayed rebellious right up to his death but the other “Thief on the Cross” was Saved when he Repented just before he died!
Wherever you’re at right now, ask Him to mold you and shape you into what He wants you to be. When things are confusing and we are not sure of what’s happening, let’s trust Him and remain on the wheel.
A Christian can only become one of two things…
A vessel of dishonor broken in pieces in The Potter’s Field; the burial grounds of rebellion
Or a vessel of honor on display in The Potter’s House!
Where do you want to be? In the Potter’s Field or in the Potter’s House?
The choice is yours! Your destiny is in your hands!
Remember the old song:
Have Thine own way Lord, Have Thine own way
You are The Potter, I am the clay
Mold me and shape me after Thy will
While I am resting, peaceful and still…
Come, let The Lord lay His Hands on you and be blessed!