In the Potter's Hand
God is the potter, we are his clay.
Some clay or Play-Doh
We are the clay, you are the potter; we are the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
This morning I brought some clay. I'm sure that all of you have made things from clay or Play-Doh. Do you know what you call someone who shapes things from clay? He or she is called a potter. Let's be a potter and see what we can make of this piece of clay. Let's see, we could make a bowl. a cup, or we could even mold it into the shape of an animal if we choose. Sometimes you might start out to make a bowl and change your mind. If you change your mind, you can easily reshape the clay into something else.
What happens to a piece of clay if you forget and leave it out for a long time? It dries up and gets hard doesn't it? That makes it very hard to mold it into what we want it to be.
That reminds me of what was happening to God's people during the day of the prophet Isaiah. In our Bible lesson today, Isaiah is very upset and is begging God to come down and change the hearts of his people. "We have sinned and turned away from you and you have become angry with us. How can we be saved? No one calls on your name or pleads for your mercy. You've turned away from us."
That sounds pretty hopeless, doesn't it? Well, Isaiah didn't think so. He knew that if people would turn back to God, he could mold them and shape them into what he wanted them to be. Isaiah continued talking to God, "Oh LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We are formed by your hand. Please don't be so angry with us, Look at us and see that we are your people." Isaiah knew that even though the hearts of God's people had become hard, he could still mold them into what he wanted them to be.
Just like the people in Isaiah's day, we sometimes stray away from God and our hearts become hard. All is not hopeless. If we will turn back to God and ask him to forgive us, he can mold us and shape us into what he wants us to be. He is still the potter and we are still the clay!
Our Father, forgive us when we go astray. Take us in your hands and shape us into what you want us to be. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen