Daily Devotional

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Work in Progress

I went down to the potter's house, and there he was working on his wheel. The vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter's hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as seemed good to him.     Jeremiah 18:3-4

A potter will moisten, spin, push, pull, stretch, and compress clay until it begins to take the shape the potter has in mind. Even if the clay is spoiled, the potter will work it and rework it until it is shaped into a vessel that is pleasing to its maker. 

Before you were even born, God had an image of what you could become. In fact, right now God sees you—even if you don’t see yourself—as strong, capable, and beautiful. But you are not there yet. God is still working on you—applying pressure, stretching you, softening you, shaping you until you conform to the image God has in mind for you. You are a work in progress.

Are you feeling pushed and pulled and pressured right now?

Lord, the pressure of my life can get depressing at times. I begin to wonder if I will ever get to a place in life where I won’t constantly be weighed down by challenges and frustration. Help me to see the difficult situations I face as opportunities for you to further craft me into the person you want me to become. In your name, I pray. AMEN. 

 

Barnabas

Barnabas took Saul, brought him to the apostles, and described to them how on the road Saul had seen the Lord…     Acts 9:27

The apostles had known Saul to be an enemy and persecutor of the church. Therefore, they were reluctant to believe in Saul’s conversion and hesitated to welcome him into their community. Enter Barnabas, a respected member of the church. Barnabas was a man of standing who had been financially generous to the fledgling church. Barnabas, who’d had his own conversion experience, came to Saul’s defense. Eventually, on Barnabas's word, Saul was accepted.

When you live in right relationship with God, when you follow God’s lead, when you allow conversion to take hold of you, God will take care of you. God will find a way to advocate for you. God may even provide a Barnabas to speak on your behalf.

Who has been a Barnabas for you?

Lord, if Barnabas had not stood in Saul’s defense, who knows if your church would have succeeded in traveling around the globe! Thankfully, Barnabas was there speaking your truth to powerful and prophetic men. I thank you for Barnabas and for the many people who have come to my defense. Help me to stand up for others when support is needed and deserved. In your name, I pray. AMEN.