DayBreaks for 08/30/12 – Finished Products In Eternity

DayBreaks for 08/30/12 – Finished Products In Eternity

(NOTE: Galen will be traveling for the next week and will have very limited access to email to respond to comments/questions.  Thanks for your understanding!)

Romans 9:19-21 – “19 One of you will say to me: “Then why does God still blame us? For who resists his will?” 20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?'”   21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?

Most of us have heard of or read the various scriptures that use the illustration of God being the Potter and we being the clay.  The points usually made have to do with God, who is our Creator and Maker, having the absolute right to “mold us and make us” according to his wishes.  The point is also usually made that we, as the created ones, have no right to challenge how he chooses to do this molding.

There are may possible applications to the “potter and clay” illustration but a couple I hadn’t thought of before were touched on recently in a talk I heard.

The fact that God as the creator of everything is the original artist.   He created beauty in the world around us and that is what he intends for us.  As a priceless violin that would deteriorate without being played, we would deteriorate without our Master’s hand on us.  A Stradivarius that is played by an expert forcefully and skillfully actually improves the violin’s quality and ability to make beautiful music.  We know that God uses us and shapes us quite forcefully at times for our own good and for the beauty of his purposes.  But did you ever think that God is making us more beautiful?  Anything created out of clay by an artist is more beautiful than the lump he started with, but can you imagine the beauty of all the people you see around you looking so ordinary and mundane on the outside when they are revealed as finished products in eternity?

PRAYER:  Lord, I often feel anything BUT beautiful.  I know and hate my sin!  Yet, hoping against hope, believing against my feelings, I believe You are making me beautiful, someone who can abide Your Presence and glory, and that some day, I shall be at home with You, a finished lump of clay made beautiful by Your work in me.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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1 thought on “DayBreaks for 08/30/12 – Finished Products In Eternity

  1. When I was reading this I thought of my days working in the nursing homes and how I would walk into a room and see all that that lady or gentleman had was a picture of them and their other half from when they were well and youthful. I would look and think was that him? or her? Wow look what sin has done to this beautiful wonderful person they are completely wrinkled up and unable to think or move like they use to. Most every night I would cry for them and ask God why!!!! Now as I am entering that almost same stage I can see that I was only looking on the surface and not in the heart or of their worth to God,after all he made them and fashioned them accordingly to his will. Then I wondered why some are crippled from birth and die very young in life what was their purpose? I think they
    are here for our good and they are angles and do not know it yet.They are here so we can be ever so thankful that we are not them and we are so very blessed in our own skins:) But we should never forget that under our skins are the hidden secrets that only God can see that makes us all equal:)

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