But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
The thing that strikes one about this verse of scripture is how that it is written in plural. Our Father, we are the clay, our potter and we all are the work. No labels and no divisions. It is all the work of one singular hand.
This world is divided and split to pieces no matter which arena you look into. Politically, religiously, nation from nation, racially, economically, ideologically and the list goes on and on. We are all labeled and sorted out into different piles. Each group carrying the torch for their cause and campaigning to convert as many as possible to their way of thinking. Naturally every particular group thinks their way is the right way and if you can’t see their point of view you are hopelessly lost.
Jesus Himself taught us how to pray in Matthew 6 and He taught that we are to begin our prayer by acknowledging that we all have the same Father. Matthew 6:9, “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” The first thing the Lord wants from us in prayer is to acknowledge that He is the Father of us all. Then after acknowledging that He is their Father also, we can begin to worship His Name. Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
How much more love, understanding and communication would there be if we would acknowledge that the person we have such a problem with is not an illegitimate child of some stranger but is in fact from the same Father I am from. Our issue is that God is the potter and we don’t understand His purposes or plan so we begin to divide and label His work. Many times we don’t even understand God’s purpose and plan in our own life. How are we going to articulate what our Father is doing in someone else’s life? Instead of questioning and labeling, what if we tried sharing the love of a Father so great He would send His Son to die in our place?