“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” – Isaiah 64:8
The Bible uses several words to describe God as the creative and masterful designer he is. Peter refers to him as “Creator” (1 Peter 4:19). In Job and the Psalms, God is mentioned as “Maker” (Job 35:10, Psalm 95:6). Of course, God’s own Son Jesus was by trade a carpenter, the very essence of a craftsman.
But no term better captures the image of a creator than that of a potter. Think about it… a potter starts with clay. If you’ve ever held clay, you know there’s nothing remarkable about it. It’s a lump. Lifeless. Cold and dull.
But then the potter does something quite extraordinary with it. With only his hands and imagination, using water and a wheel, he turns the clay into the vessel of his choosing: a fluted vase, a serving bowl, a water pitcher, a cup, or a statue.
A few things strike me about this imagery.
First, the clay does nothing on its own. It doesn’t wake up one day and decide it will be a bowl and poof! it’s a bowl. It may want to be a bowl, but it will remain a mound of clay until the potter is complete.
We too can do no good things on our own. David says in Psalm 16:2, “I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.’” Apart from our Creator, our Potter, we have and can do no good thing.
Secondly, no two pieces of pottery are perfectly identical. There may be lots of cups, the same size, same shape, even painted the same color, but they’re not exactly the same.
Neither are we and nor should we long to be. Imagine a plate saying to the potter, “I want to be a vase. So pour some water in me and I’ll hold some beautiful flowers.” The water would run everywhere, the flowers would just lay there pitifully, withering even faster. The plate would fail because that wasn’t the potter’s design for it. We are all different, made unique for a reason, a specific purpose.
Source: Crosswalk | Matthew Pryor, BodyTithe.com