Isaiah 64:4 - Waiting as the Potter Molds and Shapes the Clay.

Isaiah 64:4 (NIV) Since ancient times no one 
has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen 
any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those 
who wait for him.  

Isaiah 64:4 (NLT) For since the world began, 
no ear has heard, and no eye has seen a God 
like you, who works for those who wait for him!  


God's Specialty
   I know it is hard to imagine sometimes 
what God is up to in your life. You see a blank 
canvas, but God sees a finished painting. You see a 
piece of coal, but God sees a refined diamond. You 
see an untalented person, but God sees a mighty 
man or woman of God. 
   This is also true of those we see in 
Scripture. We see an impetuous, impulsive Simon, but 
God sees a strong, decisive apostle named Peter. 
We see a conniving, manipulative Jacob, but God 
sees a godly, trusting man named Israel. We see a 
young, naive Joseph, but the Lord sees a brilliant, 
wise world leader. And when it was all said and 
done, Joseph was able to look back and say to his 
brothers, "You meant evil against me; but God meant it 
for good" (Genesis 50:20). He recognized that 
God used the things that happened to him to mold 
him into a compassionate, forgiving leader of 
many. He was clay in the Potter's hand. He trusted 
in the Lord. 
   God specializes in making something out 
of nothing. I wonder what He is doing with you 
right now? You are a work in progress, and He 
isn't finished yet. If you are still alive and 
reading this, God has more work to do in your life! 
Most artists usually don't like someone looking 
over their shoulders, trying to second-guess what 
they're about to do. "Wait until I am done," they 
will say, "and then you will see." 
   So trust in the Lord during those times 
when it is hard to see what He is doing. Don't 
allow the hardships you face to make you a bitter 
person. It's time to let go of that. Rather, allow 
them to make you a better person. [Every Day with 
Jesus by Greg Laurie] 


The great Master Worker desires to mold and 
fashion us. And as the clay is in the hands of the 
potter, so are we to be in His hands. We are not to 
try to do the work of the potter. Our part is to 
yield ourselves to be molded by the Master Worker. 
MH472 [Remnant SB] 


The Potter and the Clay
   By now in our Christian walk we hardly 
need the reminder that life is not a cloud-nine 
utopia. It is a terribly unrealistic view to think 
that Christ helps you live happily ever after; 
it's downright unbiblical! Most of life is 
learning and growing, falling and getting back up, 
forgiving and forgetting, accepting and going on. 
   We know the sovereign Potter is working 
with our clay as He pleases. I've watched a few 
potters at work. And it's a funny thing. I have seen 
them suddenly mash the clay down and start over 
again. Each time they do this, the clay comes out 
looking entirely different. And with gifted potters, 
they can start over and over - and each time it's 
better and better. 
   He is the Potter, we are the clay. He is 
the one who gives the commands; we are the ones 
who obey. He never has to explain Himself; He 
never has to ask permission. He is shaping us over 
into the image of His Son, regardless of the pain 
and heartache that may require. Those lessons 
are learned a little easier when we remember 
that we are not in charge, He is. 
   Daniel Webster was asked,
   "What is the greatest thought that can 
occupy a man's mind?" 
   He said, "His accountability to God."
   Regardless of the pain and heartache it 
may require, God is shaping us into the image of 
His Son. [Chuck Swindoll www.insight.org. re 
Jer. 18:6] 

Thump-Thud, Thump-Thud
   When a potter bakes a pot, he checks its 
solidity by pulling it out of the oven and thumping 
it. If it sings, its ready. If it 
thuds, its placed back in the oven. 
   The character of a person is also checked 
by thumping. Been thumped lately? 
   Late-night phone calls. Grouchy teacher. 
Grumpy moms. Burnt meals. Flat tires. 
Youve-got-to-be-kidding deadlines. Those are thumps. Thumps are 
those irritating inconveniences that trigger the 
worst in us. They catch us off guard. Flat-footed. 
They arent big enough to be crises, but if you 
get enough of them, watch out! Traffic jams. 
Long lines. Empty mailboxes. Dirty clothes on the 
floor. Even as I write this, Im being thumped. 
Because of interruptions, it has taken me almost two 
hours to write these two paragraphs. Thump. Thump. 
   How do I respond? Do I sing? Or do I thud?
   Jesus said that out of the nature of the 
heart a man speaks (Luke 6:45). Theres nothing 
like a good thump to reveal the nature of a 
heart. The true character of a person is seen not 
in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed 
humdrum of day-to-day living. 
   If you have a tendency to thud more than 
you sing, take heart. 
   The true character of a person is seen 
not in momentary heroics but in the thump-packed 
humdrum of day-to day living. 
   There is hope for us thudders:
   1. Begin by thanking God for thumps. I 
dont mean a half-hearted thank-you. I mean a 
rejoicing, jumping-for-joy thank-you from the bottom of 
your heart (James 1:2). Chances are that God is 
doing the thumping. And hes doing it for your 
own good. So every thump is a reminder that God 
is molding you (Heb. 12:5"8). 
   2. Learn from each thump. Face up to the 
fact that you are not thump-proof. You are 
going to be tested from now on. You might as well 
learn from the thumps"you cant avoid them. 
Look upon each inconvenience as an opportunity to 
develop patience and persistence. Each thump will 
help you or hurt you, depending on how you use 
   3. Be aware of thump-slump times. 
Know your pressure periods. For me Mondays are 
infamous for causing thump-slumps. Fridays can be 
just as bad. For all of us, there are times 
during the week when we can anticipate an unusual 
amount of thumping. The best way to handle 
thump-slump times? Head on. Bolster yourself with extra 
prayer, and dont give up. 
   Remember, no thump is disastrous. All 
thumps work for good if we are loving and obeying 
God. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 
maxlucado.com re Jer. 18:6] 


God Acts on Our Behalf
   The Lord is a God of action. Even when He 
rested on the seventh day of creation, it wasn't 
because He was tired and needed to recuperate. 
Although He deliberately made a choice to stop His 
creative activity, He never ceased working. While the 
Lord is always controlling the universe, He is, 
at the same time, intimately involved with 
individual lives. 
   God has a plan for each one of us and 
wants us to know what it is. Every time we take a 
step of obedience, He sheds more light on our 
path. But sometimes He asks us to pause awhile, 
and we may not know why. We long for direction 
in a particular matter, but our prayers just 
aren't being answered, and we wonder, Why does He 
   When you aren't seeing any answers, it 
doesn't mean that God is not working. He's still 
actively involved in your life, but He works in ways 
that are not always visible He orchestrates 
circumstances, changes people's hearts, and protects His 
children from making hasty decisions that will have 
disastrous consequences. Perhaps the Lord knows you're 
not yet ready for the next leg of your spiritual 
journey. Waiting times are opportunities for growth 
in character, obedience, and faith. He may also 
need time to train you for future 
responsibilities and ministries. 
   When you intentionally choose to be 
still, God unleashes His mighty power on your 
behalf. He has planned good things for those who 
wait, and I believe what He has in store for your 
life will surpass all expectations. When He knows 
you're ready to receive His blessings, they'll flow 
into your lap. [In Touch Daily Devotional by 
Charles Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


Jeremiah 18:6 - God Is The Potter; We Are 
The Clay. 


Psalm 27:14 - Waiting On The Lord.


Psalm 37:7 - Be still, wait patiently and 
never ever fret! 


Lamentations 3:21-26 - Hope in Waiting for 
God and His Mercy. 


Hosea 12:6 - What God Expects Of His 
Children . updated 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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