This week’s Bible study lesson from Breaking Free by Beth Moore is titled “The Potter and the Clay” and it led me to do a little bit of an internet search. I asked Google, “How is clay made into pottery?” Over 2,630,000 links appeared for my perusal. I settled on this definition from Wikipedia:
Pottery is made by forming a ceramic (often clay) body into objects of a required shape and heating them to high temperatures in a kiln which removes all the water from the clay, which induces reactions that lead to permanent changes including increasing their strength and hardening and setting their shape.
The metaphor of God being the Potter and we, his followers, as the clay is of utmost importance to believers.
You turn things upside down as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, “He did not make Me”? Can the pot say of the potter, “He knows nothing”? (Isaiah 29:16)
Moore asserts that everything we believe about who God hinges on whether or not we completely obey his word. He is deserving of our unwavering trust in his ability to do all that he said he would do for his believers. She reminds us that rebellion towards God is our fate if we are being disobedient towards his commands.
Like the potter shaping the clay, God’s rule in our hearts shapes how our actions, thoughts, and words help to strengthen and mold us into his image being his ambassadors on earth and bringing Glory to his name thus bringing about our liberty in Christ.
This way of living isn’t without challenges. We first have to avoid snares and traps from the enemy. While we can’t be perfect, he will mend any broken places in our hearts and minds through our repentance and dedication. Next, we have to give God full authority in our lives creating a liberating freedom in our approach to our daily lives. With this mindset, we are pleasing him and he is perfecting any areas in our lives that cause us separation from the body of Christ.
Moore closes this week’s lessons by reminding us to trust God in all areas of our lives. He has the right to rule our lives because his righteousness will never fail (Isaiah 51:6). This can be more of a reality by making a point of reading and listening to God’s word each day. She concludes Day Five by writing. The beauty of God’s light is this; it will always lead us right back to the path. No matter how long the detour has been, the return is only a shortcut away.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105)
Have a Blessed Week,
Assignment for the Week
- Complete WEEK EIGHT in the study book this week, and be ready to discuss it next week.
- Memorize the verse from verse card in back of the book.
- Join a small group discussion this week. We meet here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCSmallGroups/
- If you are using the optional video or audio sessions, watch the “Session Eight”