Summary: Clay in the Master’s hand
Let us Pray
Our theme this year is "Stepping Out By Faith," and I would like to remind each one that
there are things right now that we cannot see, but by faith we can hope for it. There are
things right now we might not fully understand, but by faith we can continue to believe
God. There are things right now that might cause us to wonder, but by faith we can rely
on God for God to work it out. Let’s Picture the Possibilities of what God will do if we
are united in the things that we do or say.
If you and I think that we have arrived, and we have it made, we are wrong, because
God is not through with us yet. If you and I think we have seen it all, and now we have it
made, we are wrong, be-cause God is not through with us yet. If you and I think we have
faced our last test and trial, we could be wrong, be-cause God might have more tests and
trials for us, and he might not be true with us yet.
Maybe you are wondering what’s happening to God’s Church? I want to remind you that
God’s church is alive and well. God’s church will endure the tests of time. If you are in
God’s church, if you are a child of God, I want to encourage you to hold on to God’s
hand, and if you do not know Christ as Lord of your life, I want to encourage you to seek
the Lord before it is too late. Saints we are living in the very last days, and Je-sus said in
Matthew 24 verse 13, "But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be
saved." The word endure means, to suffer patiently; to remain set in purpose; hold
out, under suffering, trial etc; to last for a long time. Only those who endure to the
end shall be saved. Picture the Possibilities of enduring to the end, we shall have
everlasting life; unending life with our Lord and Savior.
Please turn with me in your Bi-bles to Jeremiah 18 verses 1 through 6. Let’s all stand and
read together. Please tell someone, God knows all about you, and you can’t hide.
Our to-pic for today is, "In the hand of the potter." We will consider the following
thoughts, 1. The marred vessel, 2. The remade vessel, 3. The useful vessel.
As we look at our text for today, our focus will be on verse 4, "And the vessel that he
made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again another
vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it." This word marred means, damaged
or defaced; to spoil the quality of; a mark that disfigures, blemish. All of us here today
were marred by sin, we were de-faced, disfigured, blemished, and God had to do a work
on us on the potter’s wheel. As we read the text, one might wonder why did the potter not
leave the broken and marred clay, and use a fresh and flaw-less piece? There was plenty
of it at his disposal. Why? Because he knew that if the obstacle that marred it was
removed the vessel could be perfected, and so he tried again.
The prophet Jeremiah was depressed and disappointed. Have you ever been depressed and disappointed, and just don’t know what to do? Israel the people whom God had chosen, and moulded for His purpose, had resisted and rebelled against God. In Jeremiah’s depressed condition, many thoughts were passing through his mind: What
was God going to do with Israel? Would God cast Israel aside? Would God take another
people to be used for His purpose and praise? As Jeremiah thought on all these
questions, these questions were answered one morning in the potter’s house, and silenced
Jeremiah’s doubts and fears.
There was good news for the people of God. God would not cast Israel off, for as the
potter had taken the broken, marred clay and made it again, so would God gather Israel to
Him-self once more and try and make Israel again. God in His mercy and grace was giving
Israel a second chance. Thank God for a second chance. Picture the Possibilities of
being given a second chance by God.
God has something good for each of us here today. Every turning of the wheel and every
touch of His hand has been to mould and make us ac-cor-ding to the Divine pattern. God’s
ideal for each of us is for us to become more like Christ. God wants to make the very
best he can of each of us. God is calling for marred vessels to be placed in the potter’s