Jeremiah 18:1-11

During the Lenten season, members of Faith Lutheran Church have written our daily devotions.  Today’s writer is Meric Pinkerton.


The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2“Come, go down to the potter’s house, and there I will let you hear my words.” 3So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. 4The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.5Then the word of the Lord came to me: 6Can I not do with you, O house of Israel, just as this potter has done? says the Lord. Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. 7At one moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom, that I will pluck up and break down and destroy it, 8but if that nation, concerning which I have spoken, turns from its evil, I will change my mind about the disaster that I intended to bring on it. 9And at another moment I may declare concerning a nation or a kingdom that I will build and plant it, 10but if it does evil in my sight, not listening to my voice, then I will change my mind about the good that I had intended to do to it.


11Now, therefore, say to the people of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem: Thus says the Lord: Look, I am a potter shaping evil against you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, all of you from your evil way, and amend your ways and your doings. Jeremiah 18:1-11


God has created us in his image. Even though we are beautiful, wonderful creations of God, we sometimes break from His mold and we might say or do things that are not what He created us to say or do. He is always present around us, giving us guidance whether we know it or not. When we stray from His mold He gives us many tools, like family, friends and even strangers to guide us back His correct image.

His guidance can come in the simplest of ways. Sometimes on a busy day we might snap at our children when they are getting rowdy in the grocery store, but when we get home and they give us a heartfelt hug, then we remember that we should be more patient. Other times a complete stranger can be the reminder for us to be more understanding like when we did not let that one car merge into our turn lane and then the very next day, we are running late to work and a kind soul allowed us to merge into his lane. A last example could be when you run in to your local coffee shop and you realize you have left you wallet at home after you placed your order. Then the customer behind you generously offers to pay for your coffee. What a wonderful reminder that giving can come in the smallest of ways.

God is with us at all times and He is there guiding and redirecting us to be the person
He wants us to be. We are touched in the smallest of ways that help us make the biggest changes in our lives. He does this for us because we are so loved by Him.

Let us pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, you have created us in your image. You molded us with your own hands. Sometime in our hectic worlds, we drift away from your mold. Please be with us every day to help guide us back when we drift from the beautiful creation you made us to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.


One Response to “Jeremiah 18:1-11”

  1. Tina Says:

    Thank you for a lovely, inspiring devotion.

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