Friday, January 25, 2013

Have Thine Own Way, Lord - Devotional Thoughts From The HYMN BOOK

Have Thine Own Way, Lord

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But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” 
(Is. 64:8).

In the field of ceramics, the potter’s wheel and the mold are two extremely important pieces of equipment.  Depending on what degree of perfection is wanted in the finished product, the potter picks his tool.

When we accepted Christ as personal Saviour, we chose to make Him the Potter, the One who would mold our lives.  We agreed to become as clay in His hands, and the clay never gives instructions to the potter.  It never issues orders nor offers objections or complaints.  What the potter chooses to do, the clay naturally permits.

When our heavenly Potter takes the clay to the potter’s wheel, He spins and moves and turns it until every part of the clay has been smoothed down.  Sometimes there is a stubbornly-hardened piece that needs to be broken, watered down again and made into a pliable form ready to be poured into a mold.

God who created us determines what we should be an elegant vase or an obscure jar.

Sometimes the molding, the making, the forming and the scraping processes are not very pleasant.  Pain is often connected with it.  But if the finished product is to be one of refinement, these other processes must become first.  Finally, like the lovely vase, God can apply a shining glaze and we come out—a finished product of beauty; one that gives due credit to our Potter.

But there is one great difference between a piece of clay and the human heart.  The clay will never dictate to the Potter.  While we must not tell God where to lead us or how to form or mold our lives, He does permit us to make a voluntary move in yieldedness.  Only when we say, “Have Thine own way, Lord, Thou art the Potter, I’m only the clay,”   does God take over and become the ruling authority in our lives. CL

—by Ruth I Johnson
Associate Editor of
Young Ambassador

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