November 11, 2018

Refiner's Fire: From Clay to Masterpiece

“The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.”--Psalm 34:18 (KJV)

“Can we be done now?”

 “I’ve had enough.”

“I can’t take any more.”

“I’m overwhelmed” can be communicated in numerous ways. All of them have the same meaning: “I feel buried in trouble. My circumstances are more than I can handle. I don’t see how I can move on.”

Imagine Jonah’s confusion if he had been expected to live permanently in Ninevah, not to just preach there temporarily. That would have been totally overpowering! The prophet could have succeeded, though, with the Lord’s help.

The message of this article is that individuals become stronger and more beautiful when they let the Lord take over. We’ll look at examples of trust and patience during the process of purification.

This famous story is about the process of making beautiful china. The potter subjects his clay to dizziness, suffocating heat, and bad smells. The craftsman denies frequent requests to stop by saying, “Not yet.” When the painful journey is over, the cup sees that it’s no longer unshaped red clay. It has become a breathtaking addition to any dinner table.

Touch of the Master’s Hand

This song by Wayne Watson is based on the book by Myra Brooks Welch. It takes place at an auction. The auctioneer is trying to sale an old, battered violin. The bidding starts low, and few people are interested in the product.

That all changes as an unassuming stranger walks up from the back of the room. He plays the underrated instrument. The master’s beautiful music drives up the bids exponentially.

Parable of the Potter (Jeremiah 18: 2-6 [KJV])

Arise, and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
Then I went down to the potter's house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying,
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
My Conclusion

Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of - throwing out a new wing here, putting on an extra floor there, running up towers, making courtyards. You thought you were being made into a decent little cottage: but He is building a palace. He intends to come and live in it Himself.― C.S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia series), Mere Christianity
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