“God is ready to assume full responsibility for this life wholly yielded to Him.” Andrew Murray
Isaiah 45:9 “Woe to the one who quarrels with his maker. An earthenware vessel among the vessels of earth. Will the clay say to the Potter what are you doing?’ or the thing you are making say “He has no hands?'”
Quarreling with my Maker? I want to say I can’t imagine doing that, yet I am reminded of specific times I have done just that even now as I write this. There have been times I have questioned God, telling Him I didn’t like what He was doing, arguing that I had a better way. And there have been times when I gave just stubbornly dug my heels in wanting my own way. I fussed and fought against Him, truly as if the clay could tell the Potter what to do. It is at those times that I needed to set aside my own will and yield fully to His hands.
The Potter knows the purpose He has for His creations. The clay is nothing without the work of the Potter. But, how easily we forget.
Yielding our wills to Him, relinquishing our ways, surrendering our plans, and submitting fully to Him is tough. We need to trust in Him and His ways even when they seem to go against everything we think is best.
The Lord desires to show His power through us that He might be glorified in us and by others who see His work. Yet we, the earthen vessels, wonder ‘what are You doing?’, ‘why would You allow that?’, ‘How can that be good?’
Absurd as it may seem, we, the clay, do argue with the Potter. We argue and argue until He proves himself faithful in that thing, at least that is what I have found in myself.
How many times have you gone through the molding process painful and difficult, questioning all the way only to come out on the other side seeing the reality of God’s wisdom at work and marveling at how He has been glorified because of what He accomplished in you or through your life? It always amazes me.
He knows His perfect plan, He knows what it will look like, and how it will be used. He works patiently and lovingly in our lives drawing us to respond to His touch, wanting us to welcome His work in and through us. He knows if we just would let Him work without us struggling or fighting the process could be so much different. But somehow it seem in fear in worry and in stubbornness, we fight.
I am always surprised in the end when I see how His work in my life transforms me, satisfies me, and brings Him glory.
Philippians 2:12 “It is God who is at work in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.”
He wants to bring about good, to fulfill His will through us. When we trust Him, yield to Him, letting Him have His way it pleases Him. Just as when the little children in our lives listen and behave as they have been taught, we too are pleased.
I am finding it necessary in my own life to come before Him in prayer with some soul-searching questions. I will share them here. You may find them helpful in your own prayer time with the Lord.
- Am I resisting Your touch in my life? Am I pliable to your molding me?
- Am I resting in Your hands as You form me for Your purposes?
- Where am I in the yielding process right now, Lord?
- Am I willing to allow you to assume full responsibility for my life.
Lord, show me, tell me, help me be honest with myself, and help me yield to Your will in all things. Change my heart and will to match Yours, Lord. I pray this in Jesus Holy matchless name.