The Importance of Recycling

God told Jeremiah (an Old Testament prophet) to go and watch a potter at work. The potter, with his hands, would shape wet clay as it turned on a spinning wheel. As Jeremiah watched the item the potter was working on, it collapsed.

Jeremiah 18:3-4 “Then I went down to the potter’s house, and behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter…”

Now what did the potter do with this collapsed, marred piece of clay?

Jeremiah 18:4 “…so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.”

The potter picked it up and recycled it. Oh yeah, recycling can be traced back to ancient times. Nothing new under the sun according to Ecclesiastes 1:9.

Seriously, aren’t you excited that God has a recycling program? What if God would have just tossed us out when we did something stupid, became marred, or fell off the spinning wheel? Somebody else would be writing this devotional right now that is for sure, but according to the Bible, we have all sinned and come short of God’s glory (Romans 3:23).

It is all because of God’s great love and mercy that we are still here. If we will allow Him to, God will reach down to us in our needy state, pick us up, put us back on the spinning wheel, and continue to mold us and make us into a person that is used for His glory.

Isaiah 64:8 “…thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thine hand.”

Maybe the end result can’t be realized while you are spinning on the potter’s wheel, but thank God instead of getting rid of that piece of clay that was marred, God lovingly declares, “For I know the thoughts that I think towards you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Again I ask, “Seriously, aren’t you excited that God has a recycling program?” I know I am.

If you are one that feels second-rate or hopeless…will you call out to God and allow Him to pick you up? God does love you!

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