The Voice of Isaiah: Yield

Ken Eriks

Read: Isaiah 64:5-8

But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand. (v. 8)

In our family, I often feel like the only one who cannot make his fingers work the way I want. I watch my wife, children, and granddaughters draw, paint, and color. It seems so natural. The work is beautiful. It happened again not long ago with clay. They can take a piece of clay and make lively, life-like shapes. But when I begin working the clay, the step from vision to reality is a long one. There are limits to what I can make. I have neither the patience nor the skill to create what I have pictured.

At different times in these verses of Isaiah 64, the prophet is ready to give up. He knows that God looks for people who will live, serve, worship, and respond to him. But the people have sinned and gone their own way. How long will God wait? How patient is God?

Isaiah hints at the answer to these questions when he says, “You are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter.” God is not a potter who gives up on the clay. He will work in and through us, trying again to reach us, until the day comes when we yield to the potter’s touch. Unlike me, God is both persistent and capable. —Ken Eriks

Prayer: Use this Advent, O Lord our potter, to shape us into the people you want us to be. In Jesus’ name. Amen.