Pliable Clay
originally written 15 Oct 06
posted 31 Oct 15
photo by: Shirley/Cambridge/Oct 2006
We are likened to clay several times throughout Scripture…***

Sometimes we become rigid and unyielding when our “shape” takes on a different form than what we wanted or believed we should be. It is simply not our call what shape we will be.

Which do we value more: Our “right” for revenge and/or bitterness, or our love for Christ?

All growth requires us to be pliable—yielding to the master potter.

Is someone else telling you what shape you should be?
Are you desiring a shape that is not yours?
Neither is a good situation.

Only He knows the purpose He intends for each of us. He knows what He is doing. We can trust His skilled hands.

Do we want to be real?
Do we want our color and beauty to be throughout our entire being or will we settle for only beauty on the surface? Like a piece of pottery with its beauty only on the surface via a little paint or gold plating, when trials come—the surface gets scratched….the pretty part gets rubbed off…it’s not permanent.

If we want to be who God created us to be we must allow ourselves to remain pliable.
He will mold us into His likeness.
He will change our characteristics to become more like His.
He will do the work—we must simply yield to His guidance.

The heart must be changed before the behavior will be true. 
Only God can change hearts.

And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart.
Ezekiel 36:26 



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Isaiah 45:9
“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator. Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’

Isaiah 64:8
And yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. 
We all are formed by your hand.

Jeremiah 18:1-6
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. 
Then the LORD gave me this message: “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand.

Lamentations 4:2
See how the precious children of Jerusalem, worth their weight in fine gold, are now treated like pots of clay made by a common potter.

Romans 9:21
 When a potter makes jars out of clay, doesn’t he have a right to use the same lump of clay to make one jar for decoration and another to throw garbage into?

2 Corinthians 4:7
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.

2 Timothy 2:20-21
 In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use. If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.

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