“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. Then the word of the LORD came to me: ‘O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?’ declares the LORD. ‘Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel'” (Jeremiah 18:1-6).

There is a song that goes, “You are the potter I am the clay / Mold me and make me, this is what I pray.” That’s easy to sing when we watch the Potter work, but what about when we’re the ones on the wheel? That’s where the Old Testament Joseph found himself. Life was pretty good from his perspective. His brothers were out in the field working and he hung out with dad at the house. Dad got him a really cool coat, and Joseph dreamed that his brothers would one day bow down to him. But, Joseph was about to find himself on the Potter’s wheel.

This is the account from when Joseph came to his brothers in the field:

“’Here comes that dreamer!’ [his brothers] said to each other. ‘Come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these cisterns and say that a ferocious animal devoured him. Then we’ll see what comes of his dreams.’ When Reuben heard this, he tried to rescue him from their hands. ‘Let’s not take his life,’ he said. ‘Don’t shed any blood. Throw him into this cistern here in the desert, but don’t lay a hand on him.’ So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the richly ornamented robe he was wearing—and they took him and threw him into the cistern” (Genesis 37:19-24).

The Joseph who would one day rule Egypt began his turn on the Potter’s wheel in a hole in the ground. The end result was worth it. The same can be true of us. However God chooses to fashion us, can we say, “God, You are the potter; I am the clay?”

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