The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of April 13 - 19, 2014, is Jeremiah 18:5-10.Judah is now ruled by an ungodly king, who does not listen to Jeremiah.The masses also refuse to follow the Lord, placing their faith in man.Destruction is coming.Before it does, God has a message, a lesson to teach Jeremiah, a lesson as applicable today as it was then.As you meditate, pray, and reflect on this week's passage, consider the Lord's power.
Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. If at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, and if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I intended to do to it. And if at any time I declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, and if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will relent of the good that I had intended to do to it. (Jeremiah 18:5-10, ESV)
God is often referred to as the Potter.It is an apt description for God formed us from the dust of the ground.Clay also comes from the earth.He took something unsightly and patiently, lovingly, worked it, molded it, shaped it something magnificent.But even then, He is not finished.He continues to work, if we let Him.Unlike clay, we have the ability to refuse His changes in our lives.If we refuse Him in our lives, God also has the ability to destroy us, as happened to Israel.The choice is ours: allow God into our lives, our hearts and allow Him to work in them, or reject Him, like Israel, and face destruction.As you meditate, pray, and reflect over this week's passage, consider the changes God is working or trying to work in your life.Are you welcoming or rejecting?