The Potter and the Play Doh

Do you remember playing with Play-Doh as a child?  I remember that my brother and I had a selection of Play-Doh of various colors, plus a “presser” that allowed you to raise a handle, insert a ball of Play-Doh and press down on the handle to extrude a “rope” of Play-Doh in various shapes, depending upon the type of pattern you had selected.  We had great fun with it…until we forgot to close the Play-Doh container lids tightly!  The Play-Doh dried out and hardened into a lump of colored rock!  Hardened Play-Doh is no fun to a child who isn’t allowed to throw rocks!

 

I was reminded of my childhood experience with Play-Doh when I read from Isaiah, chapter 64 and verse 8, “We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” 

 

Isaiah says that God is the potter and we are clay.  The potter is able to shape the clay only if it is pliable.  My response to Isaiah’s words is to consider whether I am pliable clay or an unusable lump.  I suspect that the difference rests in my attitude toward God.  Am I willing to let God change me or do I resist His work in my life?  Am I willing to listen to what God is saying to me and am I willing to do what He tells me to do?  If so, then God is able to create something amazing in my life.  If not, I condemn myself to being an unusable lump. 

 

Being shaped by God is not always comfortable…often He stretches us out of our comfort zone!   But for us to resist God’s work in our live makes as much sense as clay complaining about the potter’s craftsmanship.  So decide today to entrust your life to the hands of the Master Potter!  You will be amazed at what He will create in you!

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The Quest – Day 9

This is the devotional for Wednesday, October 4, 2006 which is the 9th day of The Quest, our 40 Days of Discovery. Our devotional today offers a summary of the material in Chapter 9 of Frank Moore’s great book, The Power To Be Free.

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Day 9 – A Guide from Days Gone By

The Spirit has been guiding our world and people since the beginning of time.

“Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” (Genesis 1:2 NIV)

Without realizing it, many believers think of the Spirit as a relief pitcher. They think that during the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ, the Spirit warmed up and readied himself. As soon as Jesus returned to heaven, the Spirit ran onto the field to assume His presence and ministry in the Church and the world. In other words, He served as a reliever to Jesus’ ministry and became a starter at Pentecost. Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. Anytime you read in the Bible about God working in His world, you can rest assured that Father, Son and Spirit are all somehow involved.

True, we tend to imagine the Father at work in the Old Testament, the Son at work during the Incarnation, and the Spirit at work in the church age. Nevertheless, we must never assume that only one member of the Trinity acts at any given time.

The Spirit has been actively involved in our world since its beginning. His presence permeated the entire Old Testament. These few examples illustrate this:

  1. He worked with other members of the Trinity in creating the world and everything in it. Genesis 1:2 tells us that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
  2. He inspired the writers of Scripture to record the message of God for us. Peter tells us in 2 Peter 1:21, “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
  3. He gave people special skills and abilities to accomplish His will. Exodus 31:3-5 tells us that the Spirit of God filled Bezalel with skill, ability and knowledge of a variety of craftsmanships for the building of the Tabernacle, the worship center for the Hebrew people during their trip from Egypt to the Promised Land.
  4. He guided the leaders of Israel in the Old Testament. Numbers 11:25 says, “Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke with [Moses], and he took of the Spirit that was on him and put the Spirit on the seventy elders.”
  5. He spoke through the prophets about a new arrangement that would allow Him to live within human hearts. Isaiah 44:3 says, “I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring.”

These examples only hint at the numerous ways in which the Spirit of God participated with us in our world. Let me challenge you to read through the Old Testament again with an eye for the Spirit’s involvement in its events and messages. You’ll be amazed as you see Him working quietly in the shadows.

The memory verse for this week is John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”

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Build your faith today by remembering the Spirit’s work in our world.