The Potter and The Clay


Before we should know the Potter, we should know the clay.

What is it? What can you do with it?

Let’s see what the Bible tells us about clay

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” Psalm 40:2

Here the clay is “miry” which means very muddy or boggy. And as you might know, clay leaves stains and marks on your hands and clothes when you are working with it. Which you can wash off, but with sin, you can’t wash off by yourself.  In my English Literature class, we are going through ‘Macbeth’ by Shakespeare, and in it the Macbeths, after murdering King Duncan, have stains of blood on their hands. Which they wash off their hands so no one else can see what they have done, but there is someone who does know their fault and ours, that being is God.

And it says in the Bible, “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of GodRomans 3:23

Paul writes in Romans 2:2-3, “But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things. And thinks thou this, O man, that judges them which do such things, and does the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?”

Paul then goes on to answer that question.

But here is my main point that now as we see that we are the “miry clay” sinners and deserve to be judged because of our sin.

What can we do about it?

Here we can turn to the Potter, to see who He is, and what His hands have done.

  • The Creator
    • Eternal
      • The Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End” Rev 1:8
      • Unchanging – Hebrews 13:8
    • Creative
      •  If He has made us to be creative, He must be creative
    • Perfecter
      • He has made all things perfect even as He is perfect.
      • As we rest in Him, He will make us perfect. Hebrews 10:14
  • The Craftsman
    • A God of Order
    • A God who Comforts
    • A God in Control
    • A God in Power
  • The Cornerstone
    • Our Head – 1 Cor 11:3
    • Our Chief Shepherd – 1Pet 5:4
      • Protects His sheep
    • Our Foundation – 1 Cor 3:11

As we have thought about who the Potter is, we can come to Him, as miry clay and to be moulded to be perfect, and righteous.


Well, the potter is a bit like a hairdresser making sure your hair is all even and perfect to the person’s eyes. The potter will take the clay to make it soft, roll it even, and shape the clay till it’s ready for the next step. Which is going through the kiln making it sturdy. It could then be painted on and to go into the kiln again.

This is what God does to us when we come to Him, He humbles us, makes us as equals, and readies us for the trials.  

“Blessed is the man that endures trials: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12

Will we like the clay in the sun bend and crack, or will we be made sturdy and receive the crown of life?

When we look to Jesus and leave Him in control, we will receive this prize.

And He will “set my feet upon a rock and established my goings.” Psalm 40:2

We can then come to Him and praise Him for what He has done for us and who He is.

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