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. - Isaiah 64:8
I'm not sure exactly how I got to the above verse from Romans 10, but I am here nonetheless. (Aside: If I get this post done with my sweet little dog barking his fool head off, it will be nothing short of a miracle). Did you notice the last phrase of this verse? We all are the work of God's hand. Think on that a minute. What does that mean to you personally?
I think that most of us have heard about how God is the potter and we are the clay. What stands out to me is that I am the work of God's hand. Do you remember what God thought in the beginning?
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold, it was very good.
We are all the work of God's hand. God's. All of us are - not just our best friend, our neighbor, our mentor, favorite bible teacher or our spouse. He has created each one of us to be all that He needs to finish His work here on earth. Sometimes we are like soft clay, easily molded and changed, other times we are hardened clay that must be broken to be reformed. At any rate, we are still the work of God's hand. He says it.
What do we do with this knowledge? Well, in my case, I'm going to try not to be the hard clay. I will try to be the best servant I can be without trying to be a copy of someone else. I will try to remember ahead of time that when I become the hard clay in spite of my efforts to remain soft, as I believe we all do at times, I will be used by God for His glory all the more. After all, God is into the miracle business (he has quieted my dog, after all).
Friends, God needs all of us to do His work to further God's kingdom. My prayer is that each one of you reading this will be touched by an extra measure of God's grace today and that you will be assured that you are the work of God's hand. God doesn't make junk.