SHAPENING HAND OF GOD (1) - JEREMIAH 18:1-4

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Bible in a year: 2 Kings 18:13-19:37, Acts 21:1-17, Psalm 149:1-9, Proverbs 18:8

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God told Jeremiah in Jeremiah 18, to go to the house of the Potter and stay there to observe him.” The Bible said Jeremiah got there and he saw the potter working on a clay vessel, on the wheel and he was turning and turning the clay vessel on the wheels. It was marred in the hands of the potter and the potter turned it and made it into another vessel as it pleased him. I love the blessing hand of God. The Bible says in Psalm 104:28, “That thou givest them they gather: thou openest thine hand, they are filled with good”; the lifting hand of God can take a man, promote him and establish him in wealth and prosperity; the fighting hand of God fights for a man and conquers his battles.; the healing hand of God, just like when Jesus touched people, can give instant healing. We all love the different manifestations of the hand of God, but the “sharpening” hand of God is the hand that looks at your life, looks at the program you have drawn, cancels it and says that is not God’s plan. That hand looks at the things that you have arranged for yourself, and blocks it and says that is not God’s plan; looks at the things that you are not planning and brings it and says this is God’ plan.

You could ask Joseph, if he ever planned to go to prison. No, but it was God’s plan for him to go to prison for a season. God withdrew him from circulation so that he could learn intimacy with him and develop the gift that he would take to place where he going. Left to Joseph, he would have chosen another route. That’s the ‘shapening’ hand of God and the greatest hand of God is His “shapening” hand. This is the hand that shapes us and fits us for the place that God has reserved for us. The Bible says eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, the things that God has prepared for them that love Him (1 Cor. 2:9). God prepares things for you and then has the next job to prepare you for what he has prepared for you. It is the “sharpening” hand of God that prepares us for what God has prepared for us.

Prayer: Lord, I embrace and submit to your sharpening hand to prepare me and make me ready for the things and places that are ready for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.