“This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.’ So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” (Jeremiah 18:2-4).
Have you ever carefully watched a potter as he shaped the clay? My husband and I spent five years in Asia and were able to visit the delightful country of Turkey several times. While there I remember visiting a little village where an old woman and man were in the business of making pots into something beautiful. We saw a lot of pots – all shaped by the loving hands of this couple. Some were more beautiful than others.
We are all in a different place in our Christian life, but wherever we are we can be sure of one thing: The almighty, sovereign, and eternal God is shaping us on His refining wheel. Often we resist this refining process because it involves pain. But God is relentless in His goal of producing holiness and Christ-like character in each one of us. He uses our life experiences and struggles in this shaping process. While we are being shaped, we often ask God these kinds of questions:
- “God, don’t you care about my pain?”
- “Why don’t I understand what is happening?”
- “Can I trust that you will bring me through?”
- “Why is this taking so long?”
It is the choice of the one being shaped if he agrees to what his maker is doing. How many of us, if we were honest, wonder what God is doing in some area of our life? Today you might feel like nobody cares or knows, and you may feel as if you are in a hidden storage place. The following video will help you to understand God’s refining process in your life.
This is an 7-minute animated video that will help and encourage you in God’s molding process. Watch the video here called: Clay on the Potter’s Wheel.
“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remain (just one grain; it never becomes more but lives) by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces many others, and yields a rich harvest”(John 12:24, Amplified)
By Debbie Przybylski
Intercessors Arise International
International House of Prayer Kansas City (IHOPKC)