September 19 Molded by the Master

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 18:1–6

Key Verse: Jeremiah 18:4

The vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.

Jeremiah is often called the weeping prophet, for very little within his writings evokes ease and comfort. Israel was in a dark period. The people had turned from God and were beginning to reap the consequences of their sin.

In chapter 18, the prophet used the example of a master potter working a lump of clay into a beautiful vessel to portray God’s desire for His people. Israel’s rebellion, however, had spoiled God’s handiwork.

Jeremiah knew the course of destruction Israel had chosen. “Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel,” declared the Lord. The people answered God by saying, “It’s hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.”

Jeremiah’s age-old cry of alarm could be directed to us today. God, the Master Potter, still seeks to mold us into vessels of purity and holiness. However, many have been drawn aside by the temptations of the world.

Don’t repeat Israel’s mistake. Dedicate yourself to God, for His purpose and glory alone. You will then reap the blessings God freely bestows on those who love and honor Him.

Lord, I dedicate myself to You, Your purpose, and Your glory. Take this lump of clay I call my life and mold it into a beautiful vessel.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 274). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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