8 But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand. Isaiah 64:8 (NASB)
We are the clay in the potter’s hands. He is the one who designs and completes us. We work with Him in our sanctification, but it is all according to His plan and good work in us. I have good days and bad days, but rarely do I have an in between day. On those bad days in which we come close to “losing it” aren’t we really blaming God for giving us a day like that?…
When we react this way with extreme frustration it is as if we are angry with God for allowing us to go through a little stress. Isn’t this God’s way of showing what is really in our hearts by squeezing us a little to see what comes out? When we see that ugliness come forth from within us aren’t we seeing that we are not as content as we thought we were?
Where does godly contentment come from? Martin Luther says that it comes from God.
25 For who can eat and who can have enjoyment without Him? 26 For to a person who is good in His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge and joy, while to the sinner He has given the task of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who is good in God’s sight. This too is vanity and striving after wind. Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 (NASB)