In the Potter’s Hands
“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter, we are all the work of your hand”. (Isaiah 64:8)
Perhaps you get worried and fearful when important things don’t go your way. Have you ever thought that God may be allowing those events to teach you to trust Him and to see if you will stay peaceful and calm in the midst of the storm? He may be trying to toughen you up, to help you develop some backbone and stability in your life.
Friend, clay works best when it is pliable, malleable, and mold-able. But if you are hard, crusty, and set in your ways, God will have to pound away on that old hard clay to get out the lumps. Be willing to deal with any issues that God brings up. Work with Him in the refining process rather than fighting against Him.
Certainly, none of us enjoy going through struggles, but you have to understand that your struggle may be an opportunity for advancement and promotion. The very thing you are fighting against so tenaciously may be the springboard that catapults you to a new level of excellence. Your challenges may become your greatest assets.
Remember: without the resistance of air, an eagle can’t soar. Without the resistance of water, a ship can’t float. Without the resistance of gravity, you and I can’t even walk. Without opposition or resistance, there is no potential for progress. There are no shortcuts; or spiritually. You must remain determined and work with God. Salvation is more than a onetime prayer. It is constantly cooperating with God, dealing with the issues He brings up, keeping a good attitude, and allowing Him to change you as He sees fit.