God is shaping our lives.
Isaiah 64: 8 – “But now, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
Our lives are in the hands of God – who is good, loving, merciful, and almighty. He is shaping our lives just as a potter shapes clay.
The difficulties we face bring us against the pressure of the potter’s wheel, and His sovereign hand holds us there. This can be hard if we do not understand the heart of God. We can wonder why we were made the way we are, why we are suffering, or why God is not using us in the ways that we desire. There is the option to resist this shaping with resentment and rebellion. We could even become offended by God, and decide that we will form our life into our image of something better and more worthwhile.
What is better than resentment, rebellion, and living life apart from God and His good plans? Believing in the GOSPEL!
When we understand the perfect blood that was shed and the forgiveness of sins that was given to us by Christ, then we can fully welcome God’s work in our lives as something truly beautiful and eternally worthwhile We may not always appreciate the way that God is shaping our lives, but we can always trust that God is molding our lives with His wise purposes. Jesus dying on the cross and rising from the dead is the single-most powerful act of love and justice that has ever occurred…and God PLANNED and purposed that in His almighty wisdom. He has that same wisdom in shaping each of our lives! We can completely trust that God is molding us into a vessel of honor that is fit for displaying HIS glory.
We can trust our Maker and the blessing that He gives us in Christ! Amen.
Today’s post was inspired by The Abundant Life Day Book by Nancy Guthrie.