God the potter

193 god the toepferDo you remember when God turned Jeremiah's attention to the potter's disc (Jer. 18,2-6)? God used the picture of the potter and the clay to teach us a haunting lesson. Similar messages that use the image of the potter and the sound are found in Isaiah 45,9 and 64,7 as well as in Romans 9,20-21.

One of my favorite cups, which I often use to drink tea in my office, carries a picture of my family. As I'm looking at her, she reminds me of the story of the talking teacup. The story is told from the teacup in the first person, and explains how she became what her creator was up to.

I was not always a nice teacup. Originally, I was just an informal lump of soaked clay. But someone put me on a disc and started to turn the disc so fast that I felt dizzy. As I twisted around, squeezing, squeezing and tearing me. I exclaimed, "Stop!". But I got the answer: "Not yet!".

Finally he stopped the disc and put me in the oven. It got hotter and hotter until I screamed, "Stop!". Again, I got the answer "Not yet!" Finally, he took me out of the oven and began to apply paint on me. The smoke made me sick, and again I yelled, "Stop!". And once again, the answer was, "Not yet!".

Then he took me out of the oven and after I had cooled down, he put me on the table in front of a mirror. I was surprised! The potter had made something nice out of a worthless clump of clay. We are all clumps of clay, right? By placing us on the potter's wheel of this earth, our Master Potter makes us the new creation that we should be to his will!

When he spoke of the hardships of this life that so often seem to meet us, Paul wrote, "That is why we do not tire; but even if our external man falls into decay, the inner will be renewed from day to day. For our affliction, which is temporal and easy, creates an eternal glory of great importance to us, we who do not see the visible, but the invisible. For what is visible, that is temporal; but what is invisible is eternal. "(2, cor. 4,16-17).

Our hope lies in something that is outside and beyond this present world. We trust the Word of God, we consider our present tribulations light and temporal in comparison to what God holds for us. But these trials are part of the Christian way of life. In Romans 8,17-18 we read: "But if we are children, we are also heirs, that is, God's heirs and co-heirs of Christ, if we suffer with Him, that we too may be elevated to glory. Because I am convinced that this time of suffering does not weigh on the glory that is to be revealed to us. "

In many ways we share in the sufferings of Christ. Some, of course, are martyred for their faith. However, most of us share in the suffering of Christ in a different way. Friends may betray us. People often misunderstand us, they do not appreciate us, they do not love us or even abuse us. Nevertheless, as we follow Christ, we forgive him as he has forgiven us. He sacrificed himself when we were still his enemies (Rom 5,10). That is why he calls us to make a special effort to serve people who abuse us, do not appreciate us, do not understand us or do not like us.

Only "by virtue of God's mercy" are we called to be "living sacrifices" (Romans 12,1). God is actively working in us through the Holy Spirit to transform us into the image of Christ (2, 3,18), something immeasurably better than a lump of drenched clay!

God is active in each of us in action, in all the events and challenges that our lives involve. But beyond the difficulties and trials we encounter, whether they involve health or finances or the loss of a loved one, God is with us. He perfects us, changes us, shapes and shapes us. God will never leave us or miss us. He is with us in all battles.

by Joseph Tkach

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