Jeremiah 18-22

Broken pottery.

This section begins with a potter sitting at his wheel forming a clay pot. When the pot is not what the potter wants, he crushes the clay into a lump and begins again.  This section ends with God declaring that King Jehoiachin is a broken, discarded pot.  The distinctive image of a potter working with clay and discarding that which is no longer fit for service reveals that the potter is the one who has the power to decide what is useful.  There is a hymn that contains these words, “You are the potter and I am the clay.  Mold me and make me after they will while I am yielded and still.”  A modern song offers much the same sentiment “Lord, I give my life, I give my all to you, to be a willing vessel, to use me through and through.”  Whether one sings an early 20th century song or an early 21st century song, the prayer is the same.  Let’s pray today that God molds us into a vessel that is useful for him.  What a privilege it is to have God use us for his purpose.