Scripture: Jeremiah 18-22. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The parables in these next few chapters of Jeremiah illustrate God’s sovereignty over Judah. God used the story of the potter’s clay to demonstrate that He could mold, shape, or destroy His sinful people if he so desired. Jeremiah was never afraid to give criticism, and he openly spoke against the king, priests, prophets, officials, etc. God had sent Jeremiah to prophesy at the court of the Lord’s temple; when Pashhur, a priest, heard Jeremiah and what he was saying, he had Jeremiah beaten. Jeremiah called out to God in his time of despair. Follow along in Jeremiah 18-22!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The potter parable was demonstrating God having power over Judah, the clay, and working with the nation to make it a useful vessel. God had the power to mold and reshape Judah to conform to His purposes. As we commit ourselves to God, He will begin to shape us, also, into valuable vessels. Jeremiah was not afraid to give unwanted or unpopular criticism. We can all learn from our different critics in life; we must listen carefully, for God just may be trying to teach or tell us something. Jeremiah cried out to God when he was full of despair. He had been faithful and obedient to God; however, he was persecuted for being faithful. When God’s Word is in us, we will feel compelled to share it with others, no matter what the cost(s). Our God is unchanging, and He is very loving and present in our lives. God has important work for each and every one of us. God wants us to draw close to Him, forgetting this materialistic world. A close relationship with our Heavenly Father is way more important than any material possession or amount of money.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Jeremiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.