ARE WE THE CLAY OR THE POTTER?
“You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay, That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”, Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding?” (Isaiah 29:16)
In Isaiah 29:1, we read that Jerusalem is proud, boasting on its spiritual heritage, but at the same time they were living for pleasures of the world without concern for God. Jerusalem sees itself as a lion, city of David, but the Lord will bring down the lofty self-image Jerusalem has of itself. They thought they could hide their thoughts and their deeds from the Lord. The people of Jerusalem made the terrible mistake of raising themselves up, and lowering God at the same time. So, for them, the clay was just as worthy, just as intelligent, just as powerful, as the potter was! In Isaiah 29:16, God rebuked Israel because they arrogantly defied Him and acted as though He had not created them. They acted as though they were in control of their own lives. Isaiah told them, “You turn things around! Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay! For shall the thing made say of him who made it, “He did not make me?” Or shall the thing formed say of him who formed it, “He has no understanding?” It is unthinkable that the “clay” should have such an attitude toward the Potter. But we do exactly that today. We boast as Christians and appear to be spiritual claiming to be part of the kingdom of God. We try to cut a deal with the Lord by saying I want you, Lord. But I want to go my own way and do my own thing. Just give me your name. I want to be seen and known as one of yours, your bride. We don’t want to have intimacy with you or to be dependent on you. To many “God” is the clay and “we” are the potters. We desire to mold God into whatever shape “we” desire.
In Isaiah 64:8, Isaiah presents God as the Potter who naturally cares about that which He has created. “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.” So, God is our creator and we are His creation. He does not want to discard his creation, but often He has to break our worldly vessels and make us all over again. The potter has absolute control over the clay; the clay will yield to the potters every demand, because the clay is lifeless and helpless in His hands. No clay can stop the potter, nor can it question his right. No clay can resist his will, nor alter his plans. The clay cannot speak back to the potter.
Prayer: Lord, we are the clay and you are the potter, so break us and mold us the way you desire.
George Babu, Long Island Mar Thoma Church, NY