Daily Reading 7-5-17
Jeremiah 18:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)
God has granted us freedom in His Son, Jesus Messiah. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. God has always existed in freedom; He is free to do His will, because His will is always righteous and just.
In our passage today, we will read about how God is free to remake us into whatever vessel he chooses. He is our Creator; He knows the image into which we are to be made. Remember, God will only choose good things for us, because He is Love and Light. There is no darkness in the Lord. That is why it is so important to allow God as the Potter to remake us into the proper image as His children. If you believe God only wants good for you, then invite Him to fashion you as He chooses. It means discipline, but God only disciplines those whom He loves. You are free. How will you use your freedom?
Jeremiah 18:1-11 The Potter and the Clay
18 The Lord gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 2 “Go down to the potter’s shop, and I will speak to you there.” 3 So I did as he told me and found the potter working at his wheel. 4 But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.
5 Then the Lord gave me this message: 6 “O Israel, can I not do to you as this potter has done to his clay? As the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand. 7 If I announce that a certain nation or kingdom is to be uprooted, torn down, and destroyed, 8 but then that nation renounces its evil ways, I will not destroy it as I had planned. 9 And if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, 10 but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would.
11 “Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am planning disaster for you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.’”
Prayer: Lord, I want to be made in the image that is right as your daughter. So, mold me and make me as you have willed. In Jesus’ name. Amen.