Devotional

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.” – 2 Corinthians 3:18.

God never changes but wants to change us; God wants to transform our lives. God wants to do a new thing. He wants to teach us new things and lead us in new directions. When God does a new thing, it frequently catches people off guard and causes them to pump the brakes. Many of us use the past as a predictor of the future, so the new creates unease. Whenever we grow accustomed to things being a certain way, our comfort zone is shifted. It is hard to adjust to a new pattern. So, year after year, we get the same old thing, we naturally prepare for more of the same, when God’s about to do a new thing.

This is a good time to remember the potter and the clay.  “The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.” (Jeremiah 18: 1-6)

Our life rests in God’s hand. Like a skilled potter, He knows how to apply precise pressure, when to relax His grip, how to nudge all of which I signed on to improve the vessel. At times, the Master Potter will do something new in order to mature, develop and conform us into His image. 

In these times, we forget that we may need to go down to the potter’s house and let Him do something new.  When God is doing something new we may only see our needs, and we forget our provider. We lose sight of Him making a way for us, and we forget that He is  “… about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19) 

When God is doing something new we don’t have to struggle or fret, but rather we can rest easy. He is in control. We just need to let go of the steering wheel and hand over our life. He’s doing something new, and instead of fear, feel excited. For the fact is, He adores you with such a special love that always has your best interest in mind. So when He’s doing something new, it’s to make you better. 

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does doing something “new” mean to you? 
  2. Was there a time when life’s difficulties forced you to trust God or seek him in a new way.