But now, O Lord, you are our Father;

we are the clay, and you are the potter;

we are all the work of your hand.

Isaiah 64: 8


When Isaiah writes these words, the idea expressed here is not so much a reality as it is a wish or a formative desire. The nation of Israel is not yielded to their Lord. It is rare to find a person who is truly committed to following God’s way, either. They are a prideful, stubborn and stiff-necked bunch that thinks that they can sort out all of life’s great challenges on their own. In light of the actual state of affairs, the Prophet’s words are purely aspirational, at best, and they might even be considered to be delusional.


Yet, Isaiah was a man who listened well to God. His life was given over to responding to the calling that God had given to him, to seeking out truth and to stating the will of the Lord in clear and uncompromising terms. When Isaiah speaks about us seeing God as our Father and being yielded to God’s hand as the one who totally shapes us into being useful for His kingdom, the Prophet is speaking about the desire of God’s heart and about the way that God knows things will go in the future.


Now we live in a time when God’s desires are being made tangible. In Christ we are a newly reformed people who are being shaped by that very potter’s hand that Isaiah is discussing. We can enter into the Lord’s intent by surrendering ourselves fully to the working of His fingers of love on our hearts, minds, and spirits. This might very well mean that we will come out on the other end of the process looking quite different than we thought we would. This may lead us into forms of service that are frightening or highly distasteful to us today. However, total surrender to Christ also assures us that we will become the beautiful vessel that God’s creator eye has envisioned for each of us.