WHAT HE INTENDS TO MAKE OF US
You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, "He did not make me"? Can the pot say of the potter, "He knows nothing"? ~ Isaiah 29:16
Yet, O LORD, You are our Father. We are the clay, You are the potter; we are all the work of Your hand. ~ Isaiah 64:8
What we believe about God does not change Who He is. (Parenthetically, note John 14:9.) Both unbelievers and believers alike often say with that twinkle of pride in their eyes, "Well, I believe that God..." or "Well, I don't believe that God...." I think that it was C. S. Lewis who said, "There is no question of what we can make of Him (God); it is entirely a question of what He intends to make of us."
This should inspire humility and excitement in us. It is a lifelong adventure to come to know God better and to come to know the new "us" that God is making. This comes from a dedication to seeking him with all our hearts.
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of the more quoted Old Testament verses as it relates to God's plans for us: "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." However, look two verses later: "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Therefore, His plans for us—which include His molding us—include our seeking Him to know Him better.
< Chuck >
God, You made me. I am so grateful for Who You are. Forgive me for not believing and trusting the way I should. Forgive me for my pridefulness, my resentfulness, and my anger towards You. You have given me way beyond what I deserve, and I have given You nothing but the expectation of more. You are with me as I walk this path, I am not alone. You love me more than I deserve. Thank you for loving me beyond what I can comprehend. Thank you for Your plan to prosper me and not to harm me. Thank you for wanting to mold me into Who you created me to be, even after I have proven myself unworthy. I give up my willfulness and I submit to Your will, because You know what is best. Not me. It is because of the sacrifice of Your Son, I have hope to see my son again. And that alone is all I need to know. Thank you.