Jeremiah 18:4 [NLT] But the jar he was making did not turn out as he had hoped, so he crushed it into a lump of clay again and started over.
As a writer, I was taught to read between the lines. Look at how carefully Jeremiah writes this verse. ‘But the jar he was making did not turn out as He had hoped’. See, the potter didn’t make a mistake, the clay wasn’t to blame, it was no one’s fault. It just happened that the jar didn’t turn out the way He had hoped it will. Humanity’s biggest problem is seeking answers to questions that don’t have answers. Why did my marriage fail? why did my business crumble? Why did they have to die? Why did we break up? Why is the prophecy over my life not coming to pass? Why am I going through all this pain? Why do I give yet when I need someone to bail me out there’s none?
Listen, just like I said a while back that being in the will of God does not guarantee comfort, I want to submit to you my dear reader, that being in the hand of God does not always guarantee perfection. Sometimes things just happen, sometimes the clay just gets marred in the potter’s hand. Your business going under doesn’t mean God doesn’t want you to succeed, dropping out of college because of lack of tuition doesn’t mean God doesn’t want you to be educated, being broke doesn’t mean God wants you to be poor, breaking up with your fiancé doesn’t mean God wasn’t in it in the first place, losing a presidential election doesn’t mean God didn’t want you to be president.
“So, why?” You ask “why does it happen Tim?” Or Michael as some of you have started calling me ever since you read Another Way. Simple. The clay got marred, it didn’t turn out the way the potter had hoped it would. The good news is, He never throws away the clay, He picks the same clay and crushes it into a lump and starts over again. The same business idea that failed before, the same college you couldn’t afford, the same electoral office you lost, the same relationship that failed, if God was in it, if God wanted it to be, it will be.
Disclaimer? The crushing is not an easy place to be, it is a painful process but the journey of faith is a journey of trust and child of God we must learn to trust God and trust the process. Nothing you have gone through is a waste. See, life’s like a gym, life is a process. No painful experience in a gym goes to waste because sooner or later those muscles start to bulge, the big belly starts to flatten, your extra weight starts to drop and your posture improves.Trust His process.
Proverbs 3:5 [NKJV] “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”.
One of the reasons Jesus instructed his disciples to collect the broken pieces of bread after he fed the five thousand people, is because, with God, nothing goes to waste. No matter how marred a clay you are in his hands, when you don’t turn out as He hoped you will, He will crush you into a lump and mold a finer jar out of you.
Child of God, Trust The Process