July 23 – Obey and Be Blessed

Jeremiah used an illustration from a potter’s shop for his next sermon.  The same way a potter, when forming a bowl, can reshape the clay if it is not going the way he wants, so God can reshape a nation.  He is the Potter; nations are the clay.  God says, “…if I announce that I will plant and build up a certain nation or kingdom, but then that nation turns to evil and refuses to obey me, I will not bless it as I said I would. Therefore, Jeremiah, go and warn all Judah and Jerusalem. Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am planning disaster for you instead of good. So turn from your evil ways, each of you, and do what is right.’” 

The leaders did not want to hear news like this!  They brought so much ridicule and punishment for Jeremiah that he says, “Cursed be the day I was born! May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!”  Hang in there, Jeremiah, God is on your side!  He is on the side of all who turn to Him and His right ways.  When God is for us, what are those who are against us but mere humans, clay in the hands of a great Potter.

Jeremiah 18:9-11 NLT; Jeremiah 20:14 NIV