O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? Says the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. O house of Israel. If at any time I declare concerning a nation or kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it. (RSV)
Thought for the Day: Let the potter throw out unusable parts of clay.
I loved listening to my father preach and how he occasionally did something surprising to get a point across. One Sunday, he preached on the potter and the clay. My dad held a piece of clay in his hand as he spoke, working it into a smooth ball of clay. He spoke of the potter and how he could take a somewhat unusable piece of clay and mold it into a vessel that would seem fine. At that moment in the story, my father, unsuspecting to any in the congregation, took out a lump from the ball of clay and threw it very hard across the sanctuary. It hit the sidewall of the room that made a very loud pop that made everyone in the service jump. At that point, he continued the story of the potter and the clay where God tells that He doesn’t just rework unusable clay, but He plucks it out of from the good clay to destroy it. Although this was written about the sins of a nation, it is very clear that God spoke this about his people. In my life, there are many things I am not proud of that need to be changed in my heart. When I remember that loud pop that happened in my father’s sermon, I feel that God wants to throw some bad things out of my life where I can live in the way He wants me to live.
Prayer: God, thank you for the Word you give us in scripture and for the people who present Your Words to us in ways that we can remember. Thank you for loving us enough to pluck out our bad parts where we can live closer to you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE SURPRISE SERMONS