“We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.” (Isaiah 64:8 NLT)
Learning that I am a clay vessel gives me great comfort. Let me tell you why.
First of all, clay vessels have been fashioned. Often times there are certain things about ourselves that we don’t like. Perhaps we feel that we’re too tall, or too short, or too heavy, or too thin. Yet scripture teaches us that God has formed and fashioned each of us to be who we are. Before we were born, the Lord planned what we would look like as well as our temperament and personality. Each of us have been fashioned to be a vessel that can best be used for God’s glory.
We know also that clay vessels have function. Jesus said in John 5 that His Father is always at work. If this is so, then I want to be a vessel that God will use each and every day. I don’t need to be like fine china that sets upon a shelf and is only used on special occasions. Just to be an everyday dish that is being used regularly for God’s glory is good enough for me.
Lastly, we must consider that clay vessels have frailties. Vessels that are made out of clay are not indestructible. They have their limit and so do we. I love this verse from the book of Psalms –
“…For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” (Psalms 103:14 NLT)
To many, the thought of being a simple clay vessel doesn’t sound very appealing; yet clay vessels can be very important. Scripture teaches us that it was common vessels of stone that the Lord used when He performed His first miracle. Therefore, what greater thing could any of us ever hope to achieve than to know that the Master chooses to use people like us when He is ready to turn water into wine!