Jeremiah 18: 4 ” And when the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hands of the potter, he made it again another vessel as seemed good to the potter to make it.”
Most clay was dug from fields, then trampled by foot by workers to make it more flexible. When the substance was the right consistency to be used by the potter, he used a disc of stone or wood, which rested on a larger disc below. Then the clay was placed on the disc and rapidly whirled around as the potter shaped the vessel with his hands.
A potter molded his clay on a wheel until smooth, then usually it was coated with glaze, and then dried in a kiln to remove all moisture and harden it. Then if desired a design was added before glaze was applied. You and I are God’s chosen vessels, but as long as we live on earth, He will allow our lives to be refined as silver and gold. Although salvation is immediate; sanctification takes a lifetime, and while being in the heated kiln is painful!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, only You and I are aware of the many adversities and confusing circumstance I have endured since submitting my life to You. As You know, I was not familiar with most of Your teachings; therefore, I was a prime target for Satan’s temptations. Although it has required many years, and I continue to suffer many trials, I truly believe You are allowing them in an effort to make me more like Jesus before calling me home. So I thank You in Jesus’ name. Amen.