Arise and go down to the potter's house, and there I will cause you to hear My words. (Amplified version)
Notice the first word is “arise” in this verse. Arise from your depression. Arise from your place of complacency. Arise from your state of apathy. Arise despite the heavy weight you may feel upon your shoulders. Arise out of the rut of disobedience of God’s voice and His Word. Satan will try to hinder you from going to the Potter (God) and from submitting yourself into the Potter's hands. Satan will use all kinds of distractions and problems to keep you from finding time to go to the Potter in prayer. He will try to make you feel that you can make it without the Potter, that you can fix your own cracks in your vessel. That is a lie. Without God making, molding, and fixing you, you will make things worse. But it is a choice. God will not make you come to Him or make you submit. You have to come to a point in your life that you say "Enough is enough! I have got to get to the Potter, my Healer, my Deliverer, my Father. I WILL arise and allow the Potter to fix my broken vessel and speak a Word to my broken spirit."
Want to hear the voice of God speak to your spirit? Sometimes our vessel needs some remolding, reshaping, and patching done so that our spirit can be in tune with His voice. We tend to let circumstances in life or sin crowd out the voice of God. Go to the potter’s house. Go to the God who can mend your cracked vessel, who can make and mold you into what you should be. When you obey His beckoning call, spend time in His presence, and let Him create or fix your vessel the way He needs it to be fixed so your spirit is in tune with His, you will hear His voice speak clearly to your spirit, ministering to the needs in your life.
God really stirred something else up within my spirit concerning this scripture. The part "I will CAUSE you to hear My words" stood out strongly. God has a special way of getting our attention when He needs to. The way He does this is very unique for each of us. The way He gets my attention may be different than the way He may get your attention. There are "potter's house" times in our lives, and it is in those times that God will, one way or another, CAUSE us to listen to Him. During these times He is creating something good within our lives. So, we should not run away, but surrender completely and willingly allow Him to make and mold us into what He desires. Then, we will come out of the molding, fixing, and firing process as beautiful vessels ready to be used of God for His glory!
Questions to Ponder:
1. What area of my life (my vessel) needs mending?
2. Is there an answer or a Word from God that I am in need of?
3. Have I risen? Am I moving toward the presence of the Potter or am I still stuck in my own complacency, stubbornness, or self-will or under the weight of life's circumstances?
4. Have I truly repented of any sin that needs repented of and have I completely submitted to the Potter to make, mold, and fix my vessel according to His will?
I thank you for loving me just the way I am as I come to You, broken vessel and all. I repent and am sorry for the times that I chose to try to fix my vessel myself. Often times I have tried to change things in my self through my own power and have tried to take care of situations in my life through my own efforts and abilities. I realize I cannot fix this vessel. I realize it is through Your power and through Your mighty hands that my vessel is truly fixed. I declare that by faith I will arise and allow You to fix this broken vessel, this brokenness in my life, this broken situation in my life. Even if it means that You start all over and create a totally different vessel than what I expected would result, I submit into Your hands. Thank You for getting my attention. I turn my focus to You and tune my ears to hear Your voice as You call to me, guide me, and mend me.
Amen and amen!