Our big devotional thought for today is this - Am I sure my pain is from my Creator?
Remember, we are paralleling these two texts...The Potter and The Clay from Jeremiah 18. Read it here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=0002fS The second is from the New Testament and is the story of the man at the pool of Bethesda in John 5. Read it here: https://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/MultiVerse.cfm?s=0002fP
While the Potter is working with the clay it becomes ‘marred in His hand’ (KJV translation). Many factors cause a piece of potters to marr…one of them certainly can be the skill of the potter. However, in this illustration, the potter is God. God speaks to us in Genesis 1-2 about His creation of us and that it was without sin, fault, blemish or basically any marring. In our NLT translation we read it this way: ‘the jar didn’t turn out like the potter had hoped’. In this case, the jar’s defect that leads to its painful reforming isn’t the potter’s fault.
In the case of the man at the pool of Bethesda, we do not know for certain. It could be that he is only 38 years old so that he was born that way. After all, in a sin-cursed world, people are born with many maladies. It could also be that this crippling reality began while he was very young and he has no memory of ever being able to walk. Regardless of when it might have happened, we don’t know. That’s the whole point. Whether born with it or just now getting it, we must make sure not to place blame towards God.
It is sometimes convenient for us to speak of God’s Sovereignty in these matters and say ‘Well, God is over everything so even if He didn’t cause it at birth it is His fault’. Ok, it certainly does fall underneath his omniscience and omnipresence yet where is our vision for His sovereignty when we have good come upon us? Let’s make sure not to be unfair in our judgments towards a Holy God who can see the beginning from the end (because He made them).
That is thought #1 - in the killer question of ‘Why did you make me this way?’ - let’s make sure we don’t use the ‘You’ accusation to liberally. We will see as the text unfolds that there is ‘more to the story’ than meets the eye.