by Sandy Kirby Quandt
Jeremiah was often called the Weeping Prophet, and with good reason, for the LORD called Jeremiah to preach warning and judgment to his people. He was persecuted by his own people for speaking God’s truth regarding their impending captivity and punishment, yet never wavered in his compassion for them, or his dedication to speaking the truth as God instructed him.
His warnings came with a promise. If the people turned from their wicked ways and returned to God, he would forgive, hold back his hand of judgment, restore, and bless.
But the people refused to repent of their sins, and God allowed Babylon to come in, capture the people, and carry them off to captivity in Babylon. Leaving behind a poor remnant. A remnant Jeremiah chose to stay with and minister to.
At one point before the captivity, the LORD told Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house. Here the prophet saw a potter at his wheel with a marred pot in his hands. The potter took that pot and reshaped it as it seemed best to him.
Then God gave Jeremiah his message asking, didn’t God have the right to do with his people what the potter did with the clay?
Of course he did. The Creator God of the Universe has the right to do whatever he wants to do. He is the Potter. We are the clay. He is the Creator. We are the created. He is God. We are not.
God is patient, wanting none to be lost. He wants people and nations to repent of their sins, turn back to him, and be blessed. But he is also a Righteous Judge who cannot be in the presence of sin.
It’s our choice.
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Then the Lord said to me, “Don’t I have the right to do with you people of Israel what the potter did with the clay? You are in my hands just like clay in the potter’s hands. If at any time I say that I am going to uproot, break down, or destroy any nation or kingdom, but then that nation turns from its evil, I will not do what I said I would. On the other hand, if I say that I am going to plant or build up any nation or kingdom, but then that nation disobeys me and does evil, I will not do what I said I would. Jeremiah 18:5-10 (GNT)
I wish you well.
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