1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: 2 “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.”
Before releasing His word, God instructed Jeremiah to GO to the Potter’s House so that he may hear Him. There are specific environments that provide us with the inspiration to hear God speak. As His followers, we have to be willing to get into the right environment that is conducive to hearing the word that He has ordained for a specific time. God speaks to the surrendered and the seeking. What has He been instructing you to do so that he can cause you to hear Him? Is he asking you to change your environment? Increase your time spent in the word? Pray more? Fill your life with more persons that hold you accountable to his word? Or maybe, he is asking you to change your heart position… Release unforgiveness? Love more?
3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. 4 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
While Jeremiah was observing the potter, he noticed that the vessel being made was marred. It teaches us that being in the hands of the potter doesn’t mean we won’t be marred.
Marred – to gradually decay or come to ruin[Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance]
Being in the hands of the potter is not a guarantee of perfection. There is still room for decay and ruin even while God holds you. We were born in sin and shaped in iniquity and so, there is no expectation that we will be perfect. HOWEVER, in the face of the marring, the potter made the vessel again. Being in the hands of the potter is a guarantee of remaking and refining imperfection to make a new thing according to God’s good desire and will.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 6 “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!
Choosing a life in the hand of the potter is not saying “God, I’m perfect.” Rather, it is saying “God, I’m imperfect. Refine me! Remake me!” It is a guarantee that the finished vessel will be in his image and likeness, because as he begins to work on us, he is faithful to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.