The Plan of the Potter


“The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, ‘Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.’ So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.”  —  Jeremiah 18:1-4

Every automobile is the product of a mechanic’s plan. Every ship is the product of an engineer’s plan. Every bridge is the product of an architect’s plan. Every statue is the product of a sculptor’s plan. Every creature is the product of a Creator’s plan.

God’s plan is a personal plan. The Lord said in Psalm 32:8, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” The Lord hasn’t given the responsibility for the shaping of your life to a heavenly messenger or to an earthly minister. He takes a personal interest in you. He’s always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.

God’s plan is a purposeful plan. The Lord is not mass-producing saints. Your personality is different from all others. You are unique. That difference is not a mistake! Your individuality is your expression of the Creator’s touch. He doesn’t want you to become a carbon copy of anyone. Only He knows your built-in possibilities, and only He can direct you so that your unique abilities are given full expression in your life. As you fulfill the Lord’s will, you fulfill your purpose.

God’s plan is a profitable plan. Joshua 1:8 says, “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so that you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” The Lord never planned a failure. You were made to be moulded and managed by the Lord, and you’ll fall short of your purpose unless you are.

God’s plan is a persistent plan. Isaiah 58:11 promises, “The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength.” The Lord cannot guide what He cannot govern. He can’t plan what He does not possess. Consider the men of the Bible. They were successful because they were surrendered to Him. Their leadership flowed from their obedience to the plan of God. They were able to lead others because they were led of the Lord.

God continually leads where we consistently obey. This is His plan for each of us.

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