The Pot and the Potter

Daily Bible Reading – Isaiah 29-31; James 1

Today’s Key Passage – Isaiah 29:13-16


When I was in my twenties, I enjoyed having friends over to my house on weekends to play poker.  One day, I decided that the one thing that was missing was a good poker table.  I did not want to go out and buy an expensive table, so I reasoned that I could build one myself.  Over the course of a few weeks, I would work on the table in my spare time.  Eventually what started as a pile of lumber turned into a relatively well-built poker table, complete with cup holders, chip trays, red felt, and leather rails.  In the end, I am sure I spent more on my handmade poker table than any table I would have bought in a store, but that did not matter to me.  Because I built it, I knew the position and purpose of every single nail, screw, and staple that went into that table.  I knew every nuance of the wood, including the two or three imperfections where I made mistakes.  See, the beauty of creating something from scratch is that when you are finished you know everything there is to know about your creation.

In today’s key passage, God (through the prophet Isaiah) reminds us that He too knows everything there is to know about His creation.  He says, “You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, ‘He did not make me’? Can the pot say of the potter, ‘He knows nothing’?” (Vs. 16)  Many times in this life, it is easy for us to forget just how well God knows us.  We live our lives thinking that no one knows our thoughts, our feelings, and our motives, forgetting that God knows them all.  At times, we think we are alone, forgetting that God is watching everything we do.  Sometimes we even stray from the way God has told us to live, convincing ourselves that somehow we know what we are doing.  What we must always remember though, is in those times of temptation when we choose to sin we are as foolish as a pot telling the potter he knows nothing.  God has provided us with the Bible to show us the right way to live, because as the Creator, He knows everything about His creation.  He knows what is best for us.  He knows what we need.  He even knows our faults and imperfections.  Sometimes we just need to be reminded to trust Him.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Posted on July 17, 2015, in 23 - Isaiah and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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