In the Potter's Hands
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 (NIV)
The Greeks believed in many gods, thinking they would give them wisdom or direction. Then when the Romans conquered Greece, they effectively absorbed its culture and made it their own. The problem is these gods were nonexistent.
As Christians, we want to know the will of God. But is that even possible? Can God’s will be known? Can God speak to us today? Or, are we just searching in vain, like the ancient Greeks and Romans looking into the faces of their various deities?
No, we aren’t. Christianity is Christ taking residence in our hearts. Jesus said, “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you” (John 15:15).
God wants to speak to us today. He has a plan and a purpose for our lives, and He wants to reveal His will for our lives. So how do we know the will of God? We find an interesting passage in Jeremiah 18: “This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” (verses 1–4).
The Bible is basically saying that God is like a potter and we are like clay. God is the potter who wants to make us after His plan and purpose. And if we don’t yield to the plan and purpose of God, then we’ll be settling for something less.
May it please the supreme and divine Goodness to give us all abundant grace ever to know his most holy will and perfectly to fulfill it.
~ St. Ignatius of Loyola
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If we don't yield to the plan and purpose of God, we'll be settling for something less.