This morning I went out to breakfast with a few friends and as we talked, I found that with enough patience, I could balance my empty mug on a tilt — kinda’ cool, but very precarious. It reminded me of a few passages in Isaiah where we are compared to clay in the hands of God. Regardless of how crazy or “chaotic” life seems to us, God knows exactly what He is doing and everything is carefully orchestrated to bring about the desired effect. A.W. Pink, talking about the decrees of God, wrote, “Wisdom is shown in the selection of the best possible ends and of the fittest means of accomplishing them.” (The Attributes of God, ch. 2)
He knows exactly what He is doing.
“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him, a pot among earthen pots! Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ or ‘Your work has no handles’? (Isaiah 45:9)
But now, O LORD, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.(Isaiah 64:8)