Listen to this devotional:
Isaiah 45:9-10 – Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, "What are you making?" or "Your work has no handles"? Woe to him who says to a father, "What are you begetting?" or to a woman, "With what are you in labour?" (ESV)
I went into town the other day and was attracted by the sound of a woman's voice reverberating off the surrounding buildings. As I came closer to the point of origin, I found a very smart woman speaking on her mobile phone. By her tone of voice, I could tell she was not happy with the other person. She walked this way and then that — back and forth, looking. Not wishing to get a firm rebuke, I passed by and continued on my errand.
On my way back from this chore, I was surprised to find the same person still talking on the telephone. This time, her voice was almost into the supersonic sound range as her frustration discharged into the street. To me, she sounded reminiscent of a gaggle of tropical fruit bats chattering away as they fight over their food. Reflecting on personal experience, I thought it best to leave well alone, because she seemed not to be dismayed, just emotionally aggressive. I presume someone was in for trouble when they finally met up. I hoped for his sake that it was not a first date!
Anyway, as I wandered off, I realised that this had to be written down.
No amount of remonstrating was going to make any difference. I believe she needed to be still and to listen to an understanding voice and clear directions.
Lately, I have allowed the inner little boy to get the better of me in my talk with God. I have remonstrated with God about my personal circumstances. I have been presumptuous and proud, like the clay telling the potter how it wants to be formed. Now I have confessed my error, and so I have been forgiven. What a joy it is to find my way into His presence! Jesus said, "Follow me!"
Luke 9:23 – And he said to all, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me." (ESV)
Prayer: Lord, please quieten our hearts and minds, enable us to let You have Your way in our lives, and guide our path today, in Jesus' name. Amen.