Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Jeremiah 18:3-6

"Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel."
Jeremiah 18:3-6

In this chapter God explains that if he says he will destroy a city, and they repent, he will stop and not destroy it.  And if he says that he will build up a city and help them prosper and then they turn away, refusing to listen to him, he will stop helping them as well... that we make choices that matter to the Lord, and that what we choose to do can change things.  Remaking ourselves isn't pointless or hopeless, even though it is hard to see sometimes how we can affect society, or even change something about ourselves that has become ingrained or is a habit.  ... But God says to us, yes, it is hard.  But remember that you have me, and I am the potter.  I can remake you.  And I can help you remake yourselves, if you want it... if you ask for it.  None of us are past saving, or beyond his reach.  If we can bend our knees and pray for his help in our lives, to change and become better people, to overcome our habits or addictions, to triumph over our personality flaws... whatever it is that we desire to change about ourselves in a good way, God will help us.  And that doesn't mean that it will become easy.  If it were easy we probably wouldn't take it seriously and it wouldn't stick... we'd just think, "oh, how easy... not that big of a deal, so I won't worry about screwing my life up again." :)  ... But with God, even though it doesn't become easy, it becomes always possible.  Even on our worst days, he will help us stand, and help us make the effort to change.  Today, let's turn to him for help, and become who we want to be rather than who we feel trapped into being.

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