HANDS OF GRACE!
“He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory” (Romans 9:23).
The gracious hands of God make every one of you as the vessel of grace. See the Word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord. “Arise and go down to the potter’s house and there I will cause you to hear my words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make” (Jeremiah 18:2-4).
The potter did not throw away the vessel of clay which had been marred in his hands while making. After removing the small stones and the dust from the clay, he again makes it ready for preparing another vessel by due addition of water and further mashing. Since that potter was gracious towards that clay, he turned it into another beautiful vessel.
God created man in His image and according to His likeness with the clay taken from the earth. But that was spoiled. When man ate the forbidden fruit, God told the wicked serpent that it would be cursed more than all the cattle and more than most of the beasts of the field. But after saying that to the serpent, He did not throw away the man for his disobedience. But instead, with the grace of the Cross, He willed to fill him with greatness and glory and make him new, pouring the blood of Calvary on him. That is ‘God’s grace.’
God, who found the lowly placed shepherd boy David moulded him and anointed him as the king of Israel. But, while walking on the roof of the palace, he fell into the sin of adultery, thereby killed the husband of Bathsheba and in the end was subjected to divine curse. In that situation, David pleaded “Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your loving kindness” (Psalm 51:1). God graciously stretched His hand and made him new. Jesus Christ willed to take birth as a descendant of David.
You may also be a broken vessel. You may be crying for being a vessel of tears. But, God is willing to extend His grace to you and make you new. “Your hands have made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn your commandments” (Psalm 119:73).
When the life of Naomi was broken, did God not make it new again? Did God not show mercy on Job, make him new and gave him double blessings? Dear children of God, when you are broken, He will also make you new and bless you doubly.
To meditate: “That they may see and know and consider and understand together, that the hand of the Lord has done this and the Holy One of Israel has created it” (Isaiah 41:20).