by Richard Molano
“Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” – Romans 9:20 KJV
Jeremiah 18:6 reveals that God is the potter and His people are the clay. Translated, God has the right to mold us because we are His creation.
As believers we know to approach God in prayer, but we don’t like when the answer is not what we wanted. When we go through our day-to-day lives, we sometimes encounter things we do not want to face. We can get frustrated thinking about how God could have prevented this situation.
We can often ask God, “why?” At times we can get ourselves into situations and expect God to take us out immediately. God is not obligated to answer us there and then. His Word obligates Him to “never leave us nor forsake us” (Hebrews 13:5), but not to answer according to our will.
In these times or seasons with many questions, we must remember God is not forming us incorrectly. God does have a will for our lives; He has plans for us (Jer 29:11). If He truly is our God, then we must choose His will and surrender our own —easier said than done.
As we choose God’s will in our lives we must be okay with the process. We don’t have the privilege to choose the tool God uses to shape us into the vessel He desires. We do have a choice to surrender. Paul teaches us in both the book of Romans and Corinthians to be a living sacrifice and that we must die daily. Doing so allows us to put our will down and to say yes to what ever God allows us to endure.
Jesus gives us a perfect model of surrender in Luke 22:42 saying, “Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.”
The next time you feel frustrated with the path God has chosen for you, ask yourself, “Am I the Potter or am I the Clay?”