Satan wants us to believe that we are who we are based only on the internal and external events of our life. That our life has been shaped and molded solely by our environment, culture, and all the trauma we’ve endured. For when we believe this, we’ll blame our parents, or our cultural upbringing for where we’ve ended up…rather than realizing that it is God who can shape our future…not the bad things that have happen to us in the past. Satan wants us to believe that our past dictates our future, and that generational chains cannot ever be broken off us. He wants to keep us in fear and doubt, accepting that we can never change. But if we’ll receive God’s grace and proclaim, “Yes, I once was…But God is willing and able to work in my life now!”… the Master Potter will form something beautiful out of that lump of clay we call our life.
I bet sometime in your Christian walk you’ve asked God the same question…”Why did you make me like this?” That’s because we’re never really satisfied with what we have, the spiritual gifts we’ve been given, or the lot in life we’ve drawn. We look at others and think, “Why can’t I have that special Ministry, or gifting, or talent?” The Lord has an ultimate plan and purpose for each of our lives. Some of us are like articles in the house made of gold and silver that are used for special occasions…while many of us are humble, mediocre items that are used everyday made of wood or clay. Each has importance…each is needed to make the house run smoothly. But the most important thing to remember is that no matter the use, whether noble or common, we are all the work of God’s hands. (Isaiah 64:8)
The Hebrew word for “formed” in this verse has a rather creative image of a potter with a lump of clay in front of him ready to create something beautiful. And as it is with us…the Lord saw us before we were created, before we were an unformed body… before we were even a little lump of cells… He knew us. The Lord not only knew us, but as Psalm 139:16 says,” All the days ordained for me were written in Your Book before one of them came to be.” We all are that lump of clay in front of the Master Potter, but He has in mind exactly what He’s going to be making…something unique, exquisite, and His.