Clay in the Hands of the Potter…

Reading the Word

The Word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord saying, “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I shall announce My words to you.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something on the wheel. But the vessel that he was making of clay was spoiled in the hand of the potter; so he remade it into another vessel, as it pleased the potter to make.

Then the Word of the Lord came to me saying, “Can I not, O house of Israel, deal with you as this potter does?” 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

Reflecting on the Word

As our prayer life matures, we become more and more aware of being the clay in the hands of the potter. The clay can do vitually nothing to transform itself into an object of beauty. But it can be soft, pliable, sensitive to the potter’s touch. People often talk about their fear that God’s will may break them, that what he asks is too hard for them to bear. And yet the clay is never broken by anything the potter may do to it—unless the clay has become hard and rigid. As long as it is malleable it will never break, but once it begins to resist the potter’s touch, to push against his shaping, it will be very much in danger of breaking. This is what happened to Israel, and that is why Yahweh sent Jeremiah to tell her that she needed to be broken in order to be refashioned according to the potter’s design. Even her breaking was not to be for her destruction but for her healing.

So it is with us.


Thomas H. Green, S. J.

When the Well Runs Dry

Responding to the Word


Have thine own way, Lord!

Have thine own way!

Thou art the Potter;

I am the clay.

Mould me and make me.

After Thy will,

While I am waiting,

Yielded and still.


George C. Stebbins

Have Thine Own Way, Lord


About kengire

Ken Gire has been a fulltime writer since 1981 publishing more than twenty books. His writing has earned such honours as two Gold Medallion Awards, Book-of-the-Year by Campus Life and two have been named C. S. Lewis Honour Books. He has worked with Insight for Living, co-authored 25 study guides with Chuck Swindoll and written on such diverse topics as devotional series and young adult fiction. He is currently working on a historical fiction that will be adaptable to film. Ken is also an inspiriational speaker and has founded Reflective Living, a nonprofit ministry devoted to helping individuals live more reflective lives so they may experience life more deeply. View all posts by kengire

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