But it’s his choice of analogy that speaks one of the most prolific truths found in the eighteenth chapter of his book, the Potter and the Clay.
1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will give you my message.”3 So I went down to the potter’s house, and I saw him working at the wheel. 4 But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
5 Then the word of the Lord came to me. 6 He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand,Israel”.
First thing being first, the maker of heaven and earth has a message for his people! Before we reflect on the substance we must dwell on the reality, God wishes to speak with you!
So, let’s again consider Jeremiah 18:1-6 in the words of Eugene Peterson
1 God told Jeremiah, 2 “Up on your feet! Go to the potter’s house. When you get there, I’ll tell you what I have to say.” 3 So I went to the potter’s house, and sure enough, the potter was there, working away at his wheel. 4 Whenever the pot the potter was working on turned out badly, as sometimes happens when you are working with clay, the potter would simply start over and use the same clay to make another pot. 5 Then God’s Message came to me: 6 “Can’t I do just as this potter does, people of Israel?” God’s Decree! “Watch this potter. In the same way that this potter works his clay, I work on you, people of Israel.
Starting over, a great place to begin.