Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Be Still and Know God's Will

Have Your own way, Lord!
Have Your own way.
You are the potter, I am the clay.
Mold me and make me after Your will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.
(Adelaide A. Pollard , 1907)

I often say I want God’s will for my life—and I mean it sincerely. But most times I am not still long enough to give God a chance to speak let alone learn His will. I list my requests and then jump right into doing whatever suits me best.

Do you ever find yourself following that same pattern—failing to wait and listen for God’s voice, then whining that about having no idea what God’s will is for various situations? How can God have His way when we are not “yielded and still”, as Adelaide Pollard put it?
"Be still, and know that I am God!”
Psalm 46:10

For God to have His way in our lives, we must allow Him to mold and shape us according to His plan. We are to be like clay in a potter’s hand.

Photo by Dani Sardà i Lizaran
Jeremiah learned about clay when God told him to go down to the potter’s house and watch him work. “So I went down to the potter's house. I saw him working at his wheel.  His hands shaped a pot out of clay. But he saw that something was wrong with it. So he formed it into another pot. He shaped it in the way that seemed best to him.” (Jeremiah 18:3-4)

Isaiah was also familiar with the work of the potter. “Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay. You are the potter. Your hands made all of us.” (Isaiah 64:8)

Potters will tell you the most important quality of clay is its plasticity. Plasticity refers to the ability of the clay to take and hold the form that the potter gives it. As God’s workmanship, are we yielding ourselves to Him by being still and listening for his guidance? Are we moldable in His hands? Can we join Hillsong as they sing,  "The Potter's Hand"?

Lord, help me to take the time to be still and yielded, pliable in Your loving hands. Amen.

©2013 Pamela D. Williams