"Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour?" Romans 9:21
The other evening my pastor preached on being clay on the potter's wheel. He made a statement that has given me a new understanding of the whole process of being on the potter's wheel. He said, "It is not about the wheel. It is about the clay."
What is the wheel? The wheel is the circumstances, difficulties, trials and problems that we go through. I thought about the life of Joseph. His "wheel" was the pit, then it was Potiphar's house, next it was the prison. But what Joseph was going through was not about the "wheel"-- it wasn't about his trials. It was about him-- the clay.
What he faced, the hardships he endured, the betrayal and hatred of his brothers, the imprisonment, slavery, false accusations, were all just the means/wheel to shape him into the vessel he needed to be in order to fulfill God's divine plan for his life.
The situations he encountered prepared and transformed him into who he needed to be in order to fulfill his destiny. Without the "wheel" when he came to the palace, he would have been "unfit" to fulfill that role. Without the shaping, molding and making he went through on the wheel, he would have taken revenge on his brothers when they came to him for help. He would have been lifted up with pride because the dreams of the wheat, sun and moon bowing down before him was manifested. He wouldn't have had the wisdom he needed to put the grain aside. And so on.
I don't know what you might be going through. Whatever it is, it is a potter's wheel. Resist the temptation to focus on the "wheel". Resist the temptation to be consumed, discouraged and anxious about the wheel. It is not about the wheel. It is about the clay. The clay is you. It is about God making you and transforming you through your situation into the vessel that He has destined you to be. Clay is not shaped into a vessel until it goes on the potter's wheel. We don't become a vessel until we go on the potter's wheel either. It is there that the graces, Fruit of the Spirit and Christ-like character is produced.
Have a great day. It is not about the potter's wheel, it is about the transformation of the clay into a fit vessel.
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