THE POTTER’S HAND
In the book of Jeremiah 18 in verses 1-4, the prophet Jeremiah is encouraged by God to visit a home of an artisan who was forming pottery out of simple clay. The original piece that was being formed by the potter was not suitable and was marred. In other words, it had defects. And so verse 4 says “so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” When I read this verse it also reminds me of another verse found in Isaiah 64:8 which says “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. The bible often uses the example of a potter and the molding that takes place in the hands of the craftsman. The metaphor obviously is God’s hand in our lives and how he allows circumstances that are both good and bad to form us. When we yield ourselves to God, he always can reshape and make something beautiful regardless of our bad choices. With God our future is always bright.
As a youth, your life is ahead of you, these next paragraphs should remind us that God desires to engage us in His service. All that is required is for us is to truly understand that the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins and to have relationship with Him we must receive Him as our Savior. Added to this, an open heart to God’s guidance in our lives and a true love for God and for others.
We live in a confusing and changing world. With so much discord and unhappiness swirling around it can sometimes feel impossible to lead a truly Christian life. When our political and social leaders are making great missteps and failing to succeed as being an example of good moral living, it is easy to get discouraged. Sometimes we also see people who put their faith in God fail miserably. Despair not though, as a Christian you need not look to those around you to feel God's love or for a good example. Know that your heavenly father wants only the best for you as a Christian youth, and that He provides you with all that you will ever need to succeed.
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." -- Jeremiah 29:11
The times that Jesus Christ lived in were no less tumultuous than the times we live in now. Through his actions and great love for man, God showed the people of that time what it meant to be a Christian. God sacrificed his only begotten son, so that we would be able to love one another as God loves us and that we would fulfill his wishes by leading a good Christian life. The Christian youth of today is blessed with the opportunity to live in a time that you can do so much good in sharing God's word. Know that you are blessed and have the power to help others by setting a good example of Christian living.
"I can do all things through him who strengthens me." -- Philippians 4:13
Living your life as a good Christian means accepting others even though they may be different. The Christian youth of today can make a radical and lasting difference in the world by living their lives as God would want; by leading by example and by demonstrating that a good Christian life is a full one. Family, friends and God's word are the greatest gifts that one can ever share and are all the rewards that come from Christian living. We are so blessed to have God's great love in our lives. How better to honor that love than to share it with others who may be living in darkness?
"Be strong and bold; have no fear or dread of them, because it is the Lord your God who goes with you; he will not fail you or forsake you." --Deuteronomy 31:6
Armed with the great love of God, there is no obstacle that you cannot overcome. Being a Christian offers you so many opportunities to share God's word and God's love. Don't
be afraid to be overjoyed at the great gift you have as a Christian youth. Know that, no matter what trial you are facing, God's love will see you through. Stick to your beliefs, and live your life as God has commanded and you will reap the rewards of a good Christian life. Even in your darkest hour your great faith and Christian living will light your soul and fill you with a great peace, knowing that you are never alone.
"The Lord will guide you continually." -- Isaiah 58:11
By: Pastor David Jones