Daily Office Readings for Wednesday 3 April 2019 Year 1: Week 4 of Lent
“Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18: 6)
In Jeremiah God orders Jeremiah to go to a place where he sees a potter at work re-fashioning a clay pot that was spoiled in the potter’s hand. The potter is now reworking the clay to suit a new purpose. God is using this to show Jeremiah the prophet how God can re-tool the Israelite people to do whatever he chooses for them. God is the Creating Potter of the universe. God makes us and re-makes us to suit God’s wishes.
This lesson is important to me as I look at my life. While God was talking about a whole nation, I think God also does this same kind of re-purposing on the individual person as well. In the Bible many have been re-shaped for different vocations to suit God’s purposes and God’s purposes are always for the benefit of God’s people. God took Moses from the sheep through the burning bush to go back to Egypt for the benefit of the Israelite people. God called Amos from being a herdsman and dresser of sycamore trees to prophecy in Israel. Even God in Christ Jesus put down his role as a carpenter’s son to fulfill the role of the Salvation of the world.
In my own life I have been a truck driver that moved families across the country. I have been a United States Marine for thirty years doing my part in defending the country. Then God re-purposed me into the priesthood of the Episcopal Church for the benefit of St Paul’s in the Pines Episcopal Church. I pray that in the years to come God calls me into new shapes for God’s divine purpose for the benefit of God’s people. At this writing I don’t know what that looks like.
As the Master Potter, God has the right to reshape us into whatever shape God deems necessary. Our job is to not get spoiled as the clay did in the Jeremiah passage. If we stay pliable God will re-shape us for the benefit of people who may not even know God. We are all the clay of the Master Potter. Let us go forth into the world wanting to be fashioned and re-fashioned in a way that is pleasing to God for the benefit of those God puts in our path.
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying through and to the people of the Creating Word and “Ponder anew what the Almighty is doing.” John Thomas Frazier Sr.