Focus Passage: “The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel!” (Jeremiah 18:1-6, NKJV)
Sometimes it’s hard to know what God is doing in our lives. Starting over is a difficult process, even when the Potter Himself is crafting our lives and our souls, and change is uncomfortable.
But like Jeremiah, we have the opportunity to see God do amazing things if we tune in to His purpose and pay attention to what He’s doing.
Here are a few things to help you focus on the purpose that God has for you.
1. Hear what the Father is saying.
Notice the instructions from the Father were to “arise and go down to the potter’s house” (Jeremiah 18:2, NKJV). It’s not just about listening; it’s also a matter of position.
It’s important to know there is a place where we can hear the Father’s voice clearly and correctly. Sometimes God won’t give us the next steps of instruction until we position ourselves in the right place to hear what He wants to say.
Worship is one of those places. It’s a position of surrender and intimacy that opens us up to the Holy Spirit and to the Word
Whatever it takes, you and I must hear the voice of God. Stop listening to things that don’t matter, and tune in to His words.
2. Obey what the Father is saying.
Jeremiah was a man of obedience. He went immediately to the potter’s house to hear what God had to say.
If you don’t obey what you hear, you’ll never be in the right place to bring the pieces of God’s purpose together in your life!
In our culture today, could it be that we have learned to hear man better than we hear God? We must learn how to resist the temptation to please rather than God.
3. See the purpose in the Potter’s work.
Jeremiah saw the potter working, but at first, he did not hear a word. Sometimes before God gives instructions, He wants us to be in the right position to see that He has a plan in the making.
He wanted Jeremiah to see that the potter’s hands are never taken off the vessel while the work is in progress. We are all His works in progress!
The clay must trust the Potter. Remember that the clay doesn’t talk back to the Potter! The longer it takes you to trust Him, the longer the process of change will take.
4. Have trust while you’re in the Father’s hands.
“And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make.” (Jeremiah 18:4, NKJV)
Why would the clay be marred in the Master’s hands? This is the one place you would expect things to be okay. But it’s actually the place where trust in Him is most vital.
As Jeremiah watched the marred and fractured vessel on the wheel, he also saw that the Potter had a purpose for the broken clay. The clay had to be shaped and lifted to be formed properly.
We must allow God to touch our lives even in the places that hurt the most, because only He can bring all the pieces together. The only thing that brings value and change to the clay of our lives is the Potter’s hand.
What do you do when you’re in the right hands but you’re not seeing or feeling the right results? You trust your Father! The miracle in this story is that even though the vessel on the wheel was marred, the Master Potter never took His hands off the clay.
We may think that God is going to throw us away, but He never does. So we are “confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1:6, NKJV).