" " Jeremiah 18:4
Today's reading begins with God commanding Jeremiah to go and watch the potter work with his clay. The potter takes his clay and begins to form something. But before the clay hardens, the potter changes it completely and makes something else.
This demonstration was to show Jeremiah that Judah should turn from their wicked ways and be rewarded rather than rejecting God and being destroyed. This verse applies to us today too. The rewards that we will receive by following God, will outweigh any possible reward that we could achieve on our own. Our ways are selfish that lead to destruction, where God's plan is to prosper us and provide us with hope. God has the authority and power to form anything as He pleases. He may dispose of us as He feels fit, and it would be absurd for us to dispute this (as the clay to quarrel with the potter). When God comes against us in judgement we can be sure that it is for the sins that we have committed, and thankfully we have been given the gift of salvation through death of Jesus Christ on the cross.
Dear Lord, I pray that I would be like clay in your hands and let you be the potter. My life left in my own hands will lead to destruction and requires your touch to be reformed and shaped as you see fit. I ask that you would provide a desire deep inside me that I would obey your words and learn from my mistakes. Give me the strength to overcome temptation so that I can keep your commands. You owe me nothing, and yet you choose to continue to show me patience, kindness, and compassion. You have made me the way you wanted to, and it is my responsibility use those gifts to glorify you. I would like to thank you for all that you have given to me and how you have always provided my needs. Just as the clay will only find a purpose when it remains pliable and in the hands of the potter, so I too want to let you have your way with me. Amen.