Great Plains Daily Devotional for 9/1/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Valley Center: First UMC
Wichita West District
Wellington: First UMC
Wichita West District
Wichita Aldersgate UMC
Wichita West District
Wichita Aldersgate UMC
Wichita West District

Today's Lectionary Text

Jeremiah 18:3-4 

So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him. 

Today's Devotional

I grew up in a village where pottery was a common home-based industry, especially for older ladies. These women perfected their trade over many years. You could see the twinkle in their eyes when they showed off their various designs, explaining to potential customers their painstaking but labor of love to bring these masterpieces from simple mud to admired and sought-after commodities. These ladies had a few common threads among them: patience, pride, creativity, passion, care and love for their trade. The tough process of bringing mushy clay to beautiful pots went through the tough road which included but was not limited to smashing, thinning, kneading, and solidifying the clay. The tarnished clay would then experience the harshness of the fire where it was processed to perfection. The ruined imperfect clay was made into perfect lovely pots. The process was hard and tedious, yet the outcome was satisfying and something to behold. 

Akin to our Jeremiah story at the potter’s house. “But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hand; so, the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.” The reshaping of the clay remains vital and connects to the divine standard of God. God wants the best from us, his clay. Jeremiah was told that just as the Potter was able to change his mind about the pot and redesign it according to his will, so too has God the power to change our lives. The remodeling of the clay brings beauty and value to the Potter.  

So, what do we make of this? The message here is one of hope here. Hope to the hopeless. As his clay God can remold our hopeless lives, rebuild broken nations and families. The universal church is experiencing challenges defining the future and positions with social issues. Is this an opportunity to give character and remold our clay. We should fear not as we have the assurance that God holds our lives, our church in his hands. Jeremiah did not see a potter smashing a pot in disgust, but one patiently working it into something beautiful. We should, therefore, allow God to mold and make us after his will. God molds and shapes us into righteousness, love, patience, forgiveness, and values us as vessels of honor in his vast Kingdom.  

--Rev. Ever V. Mudambanuki 
Nebraska City First UMC 

emudambanuki@greatplainsumc.org 

Prayer for Reflection

O God, thank you for reshaping us anew according to you will. We trust your sovereignty and love always. We allow you to mold and make us after your will. Amen 
 
 

 

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