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The Best is Yet to Come (#GrowDeep)
by Rey Diaz
Posted on Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The people of Israel were surrounded by an enemy army.  Cut off from supplies with imminent death approaching.  People were dying of hunger.

Could it get any worse?  Could suffering be more apparent?  Could injustice be more radical?

And how could this happen to God’s own people?  Didn’t God make promises to His people?  Wasn’t His original intent to bless His people?  These are the thoughts Jeremiah the prophet must have been thinking.

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Jeremiah is sometimes referred to as the “Weeping Prophet.”  He arguably witnessed the worse calamity any of the prophets witnessed.  So as he sees death, disease and destruction, he weeps.  Yet God gives him one of the most beautiful experiences as well.

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.” So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.

 

Then the word of the Lord came to me. He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel. Jeremiah 18:1-6

But this is what God does.  He restores.  He fixes.  He makes it better than ever.  This was God’s way of saying “the best is yet to come.”

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The imagery of this object lesson is beyond words.  The allusion goes back to the garden of eden when God bent down and formed humans out of clay. God’s own hands shaped us in our mother’s womb. Imbued with the image of God, humans were created to be in a perfect relationship with God.  But when something went terribly wrong.  We were marred in his hands.  Something broke.

That could have been the end of the story.  But God was not done with His creation.  The potter formed us into another pot.  One that seemed best to Him.

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The Bible teaches that Jesus, our creator, made us for purpose, beauty and value.  He not only created us, He purchased us and is in the process of restoring us.  He is a master craftsman who sees differently than we do.  Despite the effects of sin, Jesus sees what He originally created us to be.  He sees who we will become.  He sees the process.  And He never gives up on us.

Applying this truth to the context of global orphan care gives us hope.  It helps us see past the abuse, neglect, and abandonment.  It helps us see past the brokenness and injustice.  By rooting ourselves in the gospel and the promises of the Great Potter, we believe that He is actively restoring.

God is at work. 

God is healing. 

God is fixing. 

God is comforting.

God is placing the lonely in families.

God is picking up the millions pieces of the shattered hearts and putting them back together.  

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.


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