We Are Your People, Lord

Like Isaiah, we have every reason to look up to God and question ‘Who am I that a King should live and die for’, for our most righteous words and actions are but dirty rags to a holy, righteous and loving God. Yet in verse 9 the precious words ring out to our Potter, our Master and our God: ‘But remember us, for we are Your children’. What sobering words, and what an awesome reminder for us today. Yes, He is the Potter and we are the clay, Lord, please mold us and Make us holy thine. Meditate with me as we continue this thought today.

DATE WRITTEN: Tuesday, 2020-07-28
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Isaiah 64:6-9
TRANSLATION: New Century Version (NCV)

BIBLE TEXT:  All the right things we have done are like filthy pieces of cloth.
All of us are like dead leaves, and our sins, like the wind, have carried us away.
No one worships you or even asks you to help us. That is because you have turned away from us and have let our sins destroy us.But Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter; your hands made us all.
Lord, don’t continue to be angry with us; don’t remember our sins forever.
Please, look at us, because we are your people.

OBSERVATION: Like Isaiah, we have every reason to look up to God and question ‘Who am I that a King should live and die for’, for our most righteous words and actions are but dirty rags to a holy, righteous and loving God. Yet in verse 9 the precious words ring out to our Potter, our Master and our God: ‘But remember us, for we are Your children’. What sobering words, and what an awesome reminder for us today. Yes, He is the Potter and we are the clay, Lord, please mold us and Make us holy thine. Meditate with me as we continue this thought today.

APPLICATION: I remember as a child I would feel very proud at times before my parents. Yet there were times that I felt very ashamed and unworthy to be called their son. Isaiah has reminded us that in spite of our best efforts here on earth, our words and our deeds, that we may tend to feel are righteous, are as dirty rags to the God of our universe. So you might wonder and ask: then why should we bother? I believe that our Scripture is reminding us very much like an earlier study of Isaiah 58, where we were reminded that if we are bold enough to enter into a fast before God, then that could only be as effective as our relationship is at the moment with God. In our case today, I believe the Word is declaring that we needn’t come before God talking about our righteousness at a time when we are hiding our sin in our closet, or in our back pocket. You see, we might think that we could hide our wickedness from our pastor, or our best friend, and still go on pretending to love them and live ’holy’ lives. However, when we are dealing with God, it is much like living in a glass house, for He sees and knows everything about us. I believe that we are being encouraged here to deal with our problems – bring them into the light, and fully resolve them, for God sees and knows all things anyway. God knows that we are challenged to handle such sensitive matters, so He made Himself available to us. While in this world, we are influenced by the world, and we tend to feel like we need to act just like the world if we expect to receive their approval. However, as we surrender our lives to Christ, we are saying much like Isaiah said in verse 8: here we are laden with the filth of this world, but we are Yours Lord, so please mold us like one would do with clay, for we really want to look and act like You even while remaining on earth, until You call us home to glory. Friends, I believe that it is only through this process of surrender that we truly give up on pleasing the world, and instead allow God to shape us into His image so that the world would recognize Jesus in action through our words and deeds. The world is unchanged by another individual just like them, who acts and speaks as bad, or worse than them. They are looking for a refreshed, new, or renewed look that reminds them of their Father. Only then will they see and acknowledge a bright new future – one that they could hold on to throughout eternity. This requires a renewed person – one who has been shaped and molded by Jesus Christ Himself. If you have not met Him personally yet, please review my Footnote and be sure to read the Scriptures behind the link for ‘To Know Jesus’. Of course, I would be happy to pray with you, and for you, if you email me also.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, You created us to be holy and to worship You faithfully in Spirit and in Truth. Unfortunately, we have drifted far enough away from that ideal, so on behalf of my faithful readers and I, I come before You in all humility, asking that You forgive us our sins, and that You humble us as we seek Your face. Lord, it seems like we just wallow deeper in our sin each day, and we drift further and further away from Your ideals. Please Lord, draw us away and make us into something that You could use to reach our lost and evil world. You are the Potter, and we are the clay. Oh that we might be fully pliable so that You may have Your perfect way in our lives. AMEN!

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Perspective on Who We Are

The Holy Bible   (New Living Translation – Isaiah 64:8-9): And yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Don’t be so angry with us, Lord. Please don’t remember our sins forever. Look at us, we pray, and see that we are all your people.

Thoughts:  For those of you who have worked with clay, no doubt you have worked endlessly on a project without making the desired progress, then you may have given up, squished it back to a ball of clay and started all over again, right? I’m sure that the clay didn’t speak back at you, or lash back at you for your inabilities or lack of talent to complete the project perfectly! This passage reminded me that God is my designer – my potter. He made me in the image of himself, yet I am much different to any of His other children that He also made. I believe that God will continue to work on me until the day that life leaves my body. Yes, He is God and He could instantly make perfection, however with each bump that He perfects in my sinful life, I learn a lot more about Him and about my shortcomings. In fact, many times these bumps bother me, and I have to call on God, depend on Him, and ask Him to please ease the corrective steps. Because God is my Master, my Provider, my Potter, my Divine Healer and my Friend, I have to be constantly reminded that He deserves my praise, my thanksgiving, my recognition and my obedience. I am acutely aware that in my position as mere clay in His hands, I must be daily looking into His Word for ‘Nuggets’ of Truth and grace that will help me along my road to perfection. I am reminded that because I expect His touch on my life daily, then my obligation to return thanks, to worship and adore my Lord, must be at least daily also. Surely there are many of you out there that are not as weak and sinful as I am, so you may be challenged to understand just what I am feeling in this devotional today. If there are any who feel this way, let me remind you that you would not want God to withdraw His hand from your life, or this world, for just one day. Believe me, it will not be pretty. You would quickly change your line of thinking, just as the Israelites did in this scripture today. Don’t take that chance friend. Know that You are God’s very own, by insuring that You know Jesus as your Lord and personal Savior. Then respect His authority as your ‘Potter’ so that He could continue the great work in you that He has planned for you!

Prayer:  What an awesome reminder dear Lord! You created us from just a lump of clay, and no matter how we fight for our independence in smoothing out our imperfections, only You can continue perfecting the clay that You created. Only You know the end result of what You want us to look like. Only You know what we need to look like in order to effectively minister to that brother that need the Lord, or that sister who might be hurt from the evil of this world. I feel like I need to surrender to You all over again today, because although I gave my heart to You, I know that I often get in the way of You molding me into a usable vessel for Your glory. Please forgive me for my interference, and help me to daily surrender my life to You for Your service and usability. Lord, I believe that You can use even me to touch the life of an unsaved person today so that You can get to their heart and deal effectively in their life. I acknowledge that You can do it without me, but in using me I will be encouraged and blessed, and Your work will still be accomplished. I surrender all to You oh Lord. Use me as You will. For all who will be directed to read this devotional today, I pray that Your work in their heart will be evident in the way they live today. I ask all these things in the precious name of Jesus, my Lord, with thanksgiving, AMEN!

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