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Still in the potter’s hands
I wonder how many of us wearing those beautiful gold chains, bracelets, rings or watches really gave any thought how it became that wonderful treasure you now own. It will amaze you to know the process the raw gold from the earth had to go through to present itself in those showcases all around the world. Time, machinery, human resource, and money, just naming a few components, all work together to produce those ornaments that we will purchase for thousands of dollars.
The very same way gold must go through many processes to become as attractive as it is, so too we as human beings in order for the best to come out of us at times we must constantly be in the potter’s hand. The process is never over for us as we are daily being moulded, shaped, and fashioned by God. A true revelation of this will cause you to ignore all your critics and those who try to judge you from where you stand at present. They can only see the present but the Father sees the beginning to the end.
Jesus in His selection of His 12 disciples did not choose the best people around at the time and I believe He did it purposely. After all, Peter the fisherman, whose language was not the most sophisticated when you may have rubbed him the wrong way, may not have been my choice if it was up to me. But what was important is that the disciples were now in the potter’s hand and that made a world of difference. Allow the chief potter to make you into that person you were meant to be. In Jeremiah 29:11 it states, “I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord,” plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV) The Lord is all about your success.
Just as gold go through some rigorous processes which involves intense heat, it is the same way the potter may have to allow us to go through certain situations and circumstances to bring us to that desired standard. Every new level in life will have its test but what is assuring is that once you remain in the potter’s hand He will prepare you for it. We read in James 1: 3 and 4, “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” When your faith is tested, patience develops and patience having her perfect work also assists in maturing you.
I encourage you, do not allow the small discomfort or inconvenience at this present moment to dampen your spirit, for you are still in the potter’s hand, the process is not over. But this I do know, He that begun a good thing in you will complete it. As gold is admired by everyone you too will shine in your season. God bless you.
Elder Arnold Gopeesingh
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