You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, “You did not make me”? Can the pot say to the potter, “You know nothing”? Isaiah 29:16 (NIV)
I am slowly growing a little in my cooking skills … at least, I am preparing a few entrées. I still haven’t baked a cake in my life, but that may be next.
Have you mastered much in the kitchen? (If so, I may need your number or recipe book!)
One thing I have discovered along the way is that a culinary dilemma awaits me every time I decide to cook for others. Do I serve things up based on how I want things to taste or look, or based on how I know my family and friends would want things to roll out? That’s a Catch-22 for me.
And it’s a dilemma whenever you and I serve things up to God too. How do we approach things?
Our Bible makes it quite clear throughout multiple passages that our name is Clay; His is Potter. Like perpetual adolescents, we want to question our Father and serve things up to Him and others the way we choose. God doesn’t always dig those recipes.
The way to serve it up to Him is simply, repeatedly offering ourselves to Him the way He wants it, as clay.
So what does clay do? Just two things:
1. Be moldable.
God wants people He can work with. Humility gives rise to moldability, like yeast to dough. True worship of Him is birthed there too. That’s why these words frame the earliest parts of the Lord’s Prayer, the one He told us should set the tone for our prayer lives: “Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth (among us/in us) as it is in heaven.”
“Moldable” is the password to a powerful prayer life, proof of our identity as good clay and promise of a bright, purpose-driven future.
2. Remain in the Potter’s hands.
Clay outside the hands of the Potter is useless. It can’t really make itself into anything truly, fully useful. And if it gets in another’s hands, it could be fashioned into something else for dangerous purposes.
Clay is at its best when it remains in the Potter’s hands. That’s a good precept to pray too! “Keep me within Your hands, O Lord! That’s where I am safest and best.”
Being lovingly born and bred in God’s “kitchen,” let us serve our (prayer) lives up to Him just the way He likes it … moldable and remaining in His hands. That’s a heavenly recipe that all can enjoy! Bon appétit. Pray on!