PASTORS' DAILY DEVOTIONAL
Your MasterpieceMarcus Sanders
Isaiah 64:8 (NASB) 8 But now, O Lord, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.
We can never blame God for our failures and struggles because we are clay with a free will. And many times we move ourselves off the Potter's wheel. In the previous chapter Isaiah asks the question, "Why, O Lord, do You cause us to stray from Your ways and harden our hearts from fearing You?" Israel was going through humiliation; the things that were once precious have become ruins; there temple, city and blessed life. Sometimes we don't know how far we are from God until we struggle with some lost. In his prayer, Isaiah expresses his heart from his devotion to God. He was the clay under the work of the Potter. He was moldable in the hands of the Creator and from his point he included all Israel. Lord we are Your clay; You mold us into Your image. But the Potter, who wanted to make a masterpiece on the wheel, had only a remnant. For most of the clay had become hard and unusable. In reality most of the clay walked off the wheel. What God was showing Isaiah is that Israel was the clay, a multitude of people that God was shaping to worship Him but most of His people became hard and unusable.
Many times without realizing we become like a piece of hard clay. And it's not because we deliberately sin or choose the pleasures of the world during the week over Christ. Hardness can come because we are not current in our relationship with Him. You see the Potter never leaves a lump of clay until it becomes his masterpiece. It's when we get distracted with other priorities and disconnect our life from his hand. In one day clay can still have a little softness but add another day and another the clay becomes harder and harder. That is the same for my life. If I neglect to remain on the potter's wheel through daily devotions and prayer my softness will become hardness. And when I'm hard so will my attitude become hard. Several months ago I started asking the question "where are You God, I feel like it's taking longer to hear You". I sat for a couple of hours looking for a gem in the Bible. I was tired and felt like my body was slowing down. Without realizing, because of my tiredness my journaling was not consistent. Not that I was sinning but I knew I needed to slow down and get my life back on track. The potter's wheel in Isaiah is a great reminder that God is doing a work in me. His purpose is to make me His masterpiece. It's a work that takes a lifetime of forming, shaping and creating the image of Jesus in me. One day will see all His masterpieces in the Hall of Faith. There will be millions and millions of testimonies of those who stayed on the potter's wheel.
Heavenly Father I submit to Your hands to become the man you called me to be. I'm not looking for a trophy or accolades that this world desires; instead I desire become a vessel that worships You. Make me Your masterpiece that will praise Your name forever.