Day 17: November 30, 2021
Read: So I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was working at his wheel. And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do. Then the word of the Lord came to me: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel. – Jeremiah 18:3-6
Respond: Loving Potter, I am Your clay. I praise You for molding and shaping me according to Your plan and purpose for my life. You are to be praised for the time You take to craft and create my life with Your mighty hands. Thank You for not throwing this vessel away. Thank You, instead, for loving me enough to continue shifting and shaping Your vessel into something that can be used for Your glory. I bow before You, humbled by Your majesty, kindness, and goodness.
Read: For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. – Isaiah 57:15
Respond: Thank You for showing me in Your Word what You desire and for giving me a perfect example of what it means to be contrite and lowly in spirit. I praise You that You dwell with those who are contrite and humble. Jesus was the perfect example and my desire is to be like Him. Thank You that when I come to You lowly and contrite, that You revive my weary soul. You are the lifter of my head. You are the One who tells me who I am. No one else has that power. No one else knows me like You know me. You know the real me. You know my heart, Lord. Even when I don’t let others in to see the real me, You see me. Praise You, Father, for Your loving kindness and tender mercy.
Read: But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” – James 4:6
Respond: I know You oppose the proud and give grace to the humble. I also know that at times I am haughty, self-seeking, and prideful. This is not of You. Thank You for showing me my weaknesses, for exposing my fleshly tendencies, and for getting me back on the path of humble servanthood for Your name’s sake. Your grace upon grace is what I need. You are to be praised for Your abundant grace— grace that flows from the Cross of Calvary, that flows from the sacrifice of Jesus and His precious blood.
Thank God for His grace often today.
Further Scripture Reading Today: Psalm 103, 2 Corinthians 4:7-12
Prayer Focus: Father, may we take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.
Devotions inspired by Ruth Myers, 31 Days of Praise; Meyers, Ruth. 31 Days of Praise. Sister, OR: Multnomah Publishers, Inc. 1997
© Warren Baptist Church, 2020. Dr. David H. McKinley, Pastor-teacher. warrenbaptist.org. Jacqueline C. Heider, Writer. Used with permission.