A Spiritual Lesson at the Potter’s House


My friend Marjorie Bankson is a gifted potter. One day, I saw her put a hunk of dry, brittle clay on her potter’s wheel and turn the wheel on. The motion of the wheel and the moisture from the water hose softened the clay to the point where she could begin to mold it into the desired shape. Marjorie explained that if her right hand exerted more pressure on the clay than her left hand, the clay would rise…and then collapse. However, if her left hand exerted more pressure on the clay than her right hand, she could mold the clay into any shape she wanted.

Marjorie taught me a profound spiritual lesson that day. She explained that the potter’s wheel and the water are symbolic of the daily challenges and changes that the wheel of life brings our way. Life has a way of softening the brittle parts of our lives! She went on to explain that the right hand of the potter symbolizes the outer pressures of life (the expectations of people, changes, transitions and deadlines.) If these external pressures exert more influence in our lives than God within us, our lives will collapse. However, if God within us (symbolized by the left hand) exerts more influence in our lives than these external pressures, then we can be molded into whatever God wants us to become. Have you ever felt like stiff, brittle clay that is stubborn and “not moldable?” If so, then you realize why God has to soften us with the water of challenges on the “wheel of life” so we are can learn to trust God!

When God wanted to teach the prophet Jeremiah an important spiritual lesson, God “nudged him” to go down to the Potter’s House. In that unlikely setting, God showed Jeremiah how the clay can be molded and spoiled in the Potter’s hand. God was warning Jeremiah that the people of Judah must make God their #1 priority. If they would not, then the same thing that happened to Israel, when they fell to the Assyrians in 721 B.C., would happen to them. And, it did. In 587 B.C., Judah fell to Babylon and the people were taken away into captivity in a foreign land. The problem was that both Israel and Judah put their trust in the external pressures of military weapons and political alliances, rather than in God.

[tweetable]But, the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that even when the clay collapses, the potter doesn’t give up on the clay. Remember that! In fact, that is when the potter can do the redemptive work of taking the clay and molding it into a brand-new vessel.

12 Comments
  • Bishop CAPTAIN MULEHI
    Posted at 14:39h, 29 October Reply

    Wonderful insights about the potter’s house, the clay , the wheel of life and the water in the clay to soften our brittle lives
    God never gives up on us .

  • Rosalind
    Posted at 08:03h, 15 November Reply

    Wonderful insights into the symbolism of the left and right hand in this spiritual lesson. Praise the Lord.

  • Naika Wilber
    Posted at 22:45h, 15 January Reply

    Thanks for such a great message, I have been deeply encouraged to keep trusting God.

  • Marylyne chelagat Rono
    Posted at 14:41h, 09 February Reply

    I now realise how important it is to receive a potters touch.

  • BRADLEY ALLEN SCOTT
    Posted at 14:30h, 14 May Reply

    The hands of the MOST HIGH JEHOVAH WHO’s. THE. ALPHA & OMEGA.
    THE BEGINNING & END.
    KING OF KINGS.
    LORD OF LORD’s.
    PRINCE OF PEACE.
    THE ALL CONSUMING ONE.
    THATS RIGHT HES MY FATHER & BROTHER & ON ME IN ME & FLOWING THROUGH ME.

  • Pst. Godsave ETCK ABUJA
    Posted at 03:02h, 10 June Reply

    wow what a wonderful insight, i’m blessed indeed.

  • Marcklyn N
    Posted at 08:03h, 10 June Reply

    Awesome insight I am very much blessed by this u made my day. May God increase you in wisdom and understanding in every area of your live. All Glory to Master Jesus.

  • Pogiso
    Posted at 12:09h, 03 September Reply

    What an insight!!! This has broaden my understanding on this text(potter).. Thank you so much.

  • Agnes A.A. Akabuatse
    Posted at 11:34h, 07 September Reply

    So wonderful.
    What a lesson?
    The Potter, Almighty God is thePotter indeed.
    Yes we must face challenges like the clay in the Potter’s hand so we can be reshaped
    May the Lord increase your ministry

  • Ojeh Olive Onye
    Posted at 12:32h, 08 September Reply

    total submission in the hand of God is the key.he is faithful ,dependable, he is more than enough……..

  • Faye Tat
    Posted at 15:54h, 11 September Reply

    Oh my God! Awesome illumination! Thank you. Yes Golf is in charge!!

  • Paul Fair
    Posted at 09:44h, 24 September Reply

    Lifting up God around the world in the hearts of many. This was an amazing illustration and comparison of God interacting with me as with everyone that believes in God.. But it was somewhat intriguing because Juda(infidelity
    to Christ) was mentioned in the passage connecting God and us. To GodBe the Glory.

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