This is a Student’s Chapel Meditation – Jeremiah 18:1—6 – Where is your focus?
Let’s reread Jeremiah 18:”Then the word of the Lord came to me:
Turn to your neighbor and say, “Neighbor, where is your focus?”
The prophet is led to the simple shed of the potter. There he sees a familiar scene, the potter is making a vessel. Before it can be completed the potter strikes it down and begins again. As we watch the scene where is your focus?
Is your focus on the flaw? It could have been a grain of sand or a small chip of wood. The potter may have felt the flaw before it was seen. The flaw was minute by comparison with the piece of pottery. It is so easy to focus our attention on the flaws around us and in others. That is not where God was directing the prophet to place his focus.
Is your focus on the clay? The clay yields itself to the potter as the wheel is turned. Perhaps it is fine clay. If the clay could think, perhaps it would think itself as precious as gems or gold. It is clay of the earth, and we are clay of the earth. That is not where God was directing the prophet to place his focus?
Is your focus on the master’s hands? The clay with or without blemish is turned in the master’s hands. The prophet must see that the clay yields to the will of the master. The master may strike the clay down or the master may raise the clay up to form a beautiful vessel. It is safe in the master’s hands. The prophet has been directed to place his focus there upon the master’s hands. As the clay is in the potter’s hands so life is held in God’s hands. As we focus upon the Master’s hands we must trust that all will be well in God’s hands.
Let’s reread Jeremiah 18:6 “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.”