The Book of Jeremiah is a weighty presentation of prophecy concerning the nation of Israel. As such, it is often overlooked by the casual Bible reader. My intent is not so much to deal with the prophecy, but rather a few simple observations found in Jeremiah 18:1-6.
The Lord commanded Jeremiah to go down to the potter's house. There He would speak to the prophet and use the activities of the potter to illustrate His message. 1) We often need to be in a certain place to comprehend the fullness of what God is speaking to us.
Jeremiah obeyed. 2) Obedience is essential to receiving all that God has for us.
There he found the potter doing what exactly what a potter does. 3) God is a God of order. He speaks within the confines of order and never confusion.
Verse four states that the vessel of clay was marred. It had never left the potter's control, yet it became flawed. 4) One can be right in the Master's hand and still sustain hurt/damage.5) As the vessel is repaired, it may be changed in appearance and/or function/purpose.6) As long as the vessel remains in the potter's hands it will be fashioned as he sees fit. 7) God has control of every situation and the power to shape us in every circumstance.
We may tire of going round and round in circles, but we must stay on the wheel. The pressures of this life may bruise or nick us, but we must remain pliable to the Master's touch. Even the heat of the kiln will serve to strengthen us if we stay as long as the Potter deems necessary.