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I have confidence today, but not in myself or my own abilities. I have confidence in what God is doing through me, but more importantly, what He is doing TO me. I face crisis everyday. I ask God all the time, “Why can’t it just be EASY, just ONE day of easy?” Life isn’t easy but I am to bear the fruit of the Lord regardless of the fruit around me. Some days are harder than others. Some days the strength given to me to make it just one more minute is completely supernatural.

confidence1Jeremiah 17:7-10 – “But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

9 The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

10 “I the Lord search the heart
and examine the mind,
to reward each person according to their conduct,
according to what their deeds deserve.”

confidence2I grew up knowing a potter in our town, a man who was known by many for his beautiful work and his outstanding family. There were a few rare occasions when I actually had the chance to sit down and watch him at the wheel. What I saw blew me away. Dirt & water coming together to form the most beautiful vessels with such grace and patience. I am the clay, crude and unformed. The rough days I have are because I am back on the potter’s wheel. I am being pressed down, pushed, molded, remolded, and shaped; but NEVER thrown away. God is the creator and I am the creation, but I am defective because of sin in my life. NEVER will I be perfect until I get back into the arms of God in heaven, but I am His masterpiece. What do our deeds deserve? What do our minds look like, even when we are on the potter’s wheel? Where is your confidence when things don’t look so good?

confidence4You can read Jeremiah 15-18 about Jeremiah’s call and his prophecy against Judah at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Jeremiah

To further your reading, consider this from:

Romans 9:20-21 – But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?

None of us are worth more than the person next to us, but our very existence depends on the Potter at the wheel. We should have CONFIDENCE in His abilities to mold us and shape us into who He wants us to become, but we cannot have PRIDE in our own personal acheivements.

Related Scriptures: Isaiah 64:8; 2 Timothy 2:20; Psalm 34:8