“Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you! As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you! For when you did awesome things that we did not expect, you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
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. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags (italics mine); we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins. Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand (italics mine). Do not be angry beyond measure, O LORD; do not remember our sins forever. Oh, look upon us, we pray, for we are all your people.” (Isaiah 64:1-9)
Isaiah reminds us that God’s blessings often disappear and His guidance is removed because we choose to leave God and reject His ways. When we are unclean and our “righteous acts are like filthy rags…” we are choosing to be righteous in our own ways. However, Isaiah reminds us that we are the clay and God is the potter.
Do we remember that God is the maker, planner, designer and executer of the plan? All that is and will be is God’s. My life is my Father’s plan. When I sin I leave that plan and choose to live without God. I need to be reminded that God is the potter; I am the clay. I cannot create or cleanse myself – it is God who creates, cleanses and guides. Have you given your life to the Potter today?
~~ Andy Burns