God’s Call to Never Give Up
The Potter and the Clay
Isaiah 29:13-16 – Do we turn things upside down, making God the clay and us the
potter? Verse 16 accused them of turning things upside down.
Isaiah 45:8-13, 17 – Verse 9 seems to describe those who try to say that God has no
ability to form us, i.e. that God is weak or does not exist. This is an arrogant mindset.
Humans are not independent. Even the atheist must admit total dependence on the
material world for life. We do not exist just because we say so!
Isaiah 64:8-12 – I hate the fact that I can relate to these verses, because I find that I am
self-willed. It can take very difficult circumstances for that self-will to change.
Jeremiah 18:1-17 – The world follows a constant drumbeat away from God. The
consequences of the world so rarely mentioning God (on television, in the political
arena, in social discourse, etc.) is that seeds of doubt about his influence in our lives
Romans 9:19-26 – God works with the clay, giving it further opportunity. How patient
is an earthly potter with uncooperative clay?
God Uses Suffering to Mold Us
Romans 5:3-4 – It can help us to keep the picture of the potter and the clay in our minds
when we experience sufferings in life.
James 1:2-5 – The potter has to put pressure on the clay to form it as he desires. God
uses hardship to give us understanding. We say that we want wisdom…until we start
Need to Persevere
Matthew 10:22; 24:13 – We need to keep believing in what God is doing in our lives.
We must not give up! God knows what we are going through.
Colossians 1:22-23 – Verse 23 says, “Provided that you continue in the faith.” Satan is
always trying to push us to abandon our faith so that we will be separated from God.
Hebrews 10:39 – Do not pull away, or “shrink back.” If we have confidence in God
and what he is doing in our lives, we will not be among those who do.
Revelation 2:10 – Death is the end of our struggles to keep our faith! But death is not
the end in that we are entering the eternal realm of life.\
God has a plan for us
God patiently works his purposes
We need to yield to God
We must continue to trust God
—Robert Lee, 3-11-07, p.m