DayBreaks for 08/31/12 – Infused by God
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Jeremiah 18:5-6 – “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.”
Yesterday’s DayBreaks had to do with the illustration of God as the potter and we as his clay. The second point I got out of a recent talk I heard had to do with the inability of the clay to do or be anything other than what it is without the potter’s handling of it.
We like to think that we know what is best for ourselves and even others – especially those we love. We think “if only this, or that”, we would be happy. The plain truth is that without God enabling us we couldn’t even continue living, much less order our own lives to make us happy.
A lump of clay can’t do anything with itself and simply remains a lump of clay. But when a potter handles the clay, he infuses his ideas, skill and knowledge into it and out of what is in the potter, comes what is created. It is the same with God and us. When he “molds us and makes us after his will” he infuses his Spirit into us, making us into what fulfills the potential he knows we have that He himself put into us. More than that, through his Spirit, he makes us more Christ-like. He fills that “God-shaped hole” in us with himself and we become what he has had in mind for us to be throughout eternity.
Is that why people who have refused God won’t be with him in eternity? Is it that lumps of clay without the spirit of their Maker in them have nothing eternal to live on with? I don’t know, but it is worth remembering these things when what we are going through seems too hard to bear.
I am eager to find out what God intends me to be throughout eternity. And I’m eager to see how much more wonderful my loved ones and friends will be when I see what God has fashioned them to be!
PRAYER: I yield, Lord. I’ve fought you most of my life and I still do, day by day. I know I shall fight you again, but what I really want is to be what You intend for me to be in eternity. Until that day, hold me! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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