Isaiah 64:8- You, LORD, are our Father. We are nothing but clay, but you are the potter who molded us.
I don’t know about you, but when I go through moments where I don’t understand what God the Father is doing, I ask questions. Recently, I acknowledged my own heart ache in order to gain understanding of what He’s doing throughout the body of Christ. I asked my Father, “What’s happening? Everything seems to be falling a part! What’re you doing?”He responded, “I’m reforming My family.” In my mind I’m wondering if it has to be so painful. And that’s when the Holy Spirit brought Jeremiah 18:1-12 to my heart. So I opened my Bible and I was amazed at how the Lord began to minister to me.
The Spirit of God showed me that the Potter’s house is actually the Father’s house. It’s the place where He births and He builds. In His house, there’s safety and structure. It’s where He can be hands on, in order to break things off of us and impart things into us. Isn’t that profound? He also showed me, that the Potter’s wheel is His heart and that’s where He puts us to shape us. Wow! I was undone by the vivid reality of His care. But even in my undoing, I sensed some lingering sadness within me. Several weeks ago, He told me that His children need loving discipline to become mature. This reforming love seemed to be connected to the Father’s house/Potter’s houseon the Father’s/Potter’s wheel.
So I asked, “How do you reform us into a healthy family through discipline, when so many have been abused?” In our conversation, He revealed to me that the only way to undo bad discipline is to undergo proper discipline. This is how learn from our mistakes, so that we don’t relive them. It’s only when we properly apply this biblical truth, that we can walk in the true spiritual freedom it talks about. Think about it! So many people abused Jesus, but God still used Jesus. He rested upon the Potter’s wheel and the Father formed Him into a vessel of salvation for the entire world. Jesus didn’t give people the power to shape or stop Him and neither should we. It’s the Father who shapes us despite what people have done to us. Let me share 3 examples that I believe will give you perspective to stay on the Potter’s wheel no matter how uncomfortable things get.
In 1 Samuel 24 & 26, David went through the abuse of discipline from King Saul. King Saul was his governmental leader, captain, employer, mentor, and father-in-law. Because of Saul’s jealously, David lost his best friend, his wife, his family, and years of his youth. Yet David, didn’t kill him when he multiple opportunities to do so. He even mourned Saul’s death and killed those who bragged about killing him. The entire time, David’s character was being formed on the Potter’s wheel.
Fast forward to David experiencing the proper use of correction from a prophetic confidant named Nathan in 2 Samuel 11 & 12. Nathan was a friend, brother, spiritual companion, and a prophet to David. Now King, David had gotten lazy, slept with a married woman, got her pregnant, and then had her husband killed. With all his sins hidden, God lovingly sent a messenger to bring order back to David’s life. When the discipline came, David repented and received the consequences for his actions. This matured him and he never repeated the same mistake.
Lastly, there’s the false form of love that doesn’t address wrongdoing called neglect. When you neglect to love through discipline, you’ll face an even greater challenge. You’ll be attacked by those you refused to correct. You can discover this for yourself through David’s relationship with his son Absalom in 2 Samuel 15, 16, & 17. I believe this type of neglect is rooted in fear that tries to mask itself as love. I’ve learned that when we’re motivated by fear to uphold even the best of causes, we’ll end up in error. It’s impossible for fear to properly receive or translate truth. Only love can empower us to carry out the truth of disciplinary love.
If you’ve been abused, corrected, or neglected, you must hold onto the truth that you’re in the Father’s hands. God doesn’t condone the actions of abusive people. He weeps with you in every single one of those moments. With His strength, He shapes you into a beautiful vessel despite the hardships you’ve endured. You’re valuable to Him! The Potter’s wheel is in the Father’s house and His house is all about reforming the family to be what it was called to be.
Below is a prophecy declaring and inviting you into what God is doing now:
God is REFORMING the FAMILY. What has been DEFORMED for generations, He’s REFORMING! The Spirit of God is calling for REFORMERS OF FAMILY! This will require men and women of every generation to come together and endure the REFORMING process. The body of Christ is on the POTTER’S WHEEL world wide. This wheel is in the FATHER’S HEART! He’s BIRTHING and BUILDING simultaneously. On this wheel, you’ll at times be SPINNING, at at other moments you’ll be STATIONARY. No matter what know this, “You’re being FORMED into a vessel of glory by His firm and loving hands.” Will you stay on the wheel long enough to be REFORMED to bring REFORM?