Many years ago, I tried my hand at pottery. I saw firsthand how it is the potter who determines the shape and the outcome of the clay.
The book of Isaiah describes God as the potter and us (humanity) as the clay. In other words, if we are willing, God will shape and mould us according to His plan for our lives.
That sounds like a great working partnership, unless we as the clay don’t like what we are being shaped into, or we become too hard to mould due to stubbornness.
I love how Isaiah 45 puts it, asking whether the clay would say to the potter, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Yet how often do we take that same attitude to God when life isn’t working out the way we’d like? The clay simply needs to trust the Potter that He knows what He is doing.
What can you do to remain easy for God to mould?
How can we resist the urge to tell Him that He’s ‘doing it wrong’?
Our role and responsibility in the shaping and moulding is to trust the Potter. He has a purpose for each of us as the clay and desires our willingness to yield to that perfect purpose.