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