The Sovereign Potter

By Dr. David Biberstein g66 Published: Jul 05, 2020

The Sovereign Potter

Isaiah 45:9

“Woe to those who quarrel with their maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’

Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands?’

“Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.”
--Isaiah 64:8

Many of the prophets ministered to people who inflated egos caused them to believe they didn’t need God because they had positions of power and influence. Others convinced themselves that their knowledge and talent gave them a status that was on a higher level than the ordinary people of the culture. Some even became so self-sufficient and independent they didn’t need to every consult God about anything. In other words, such individuals felt they had as much authority as the Creator who gave them life in the first place. However, the truth of God’s Word shows he foolishness of such arrogance. God alone is the giver of life, the creator of the universe, and the sovereign, all knowing controller and preserver of the world or universe. Consequently, all of us as humans need to remember that we are the clay and He is the potter. To try and compete or try to be possessive of comparable power or authority is ludicrous and impossible. He alone is the Lord of the universe, and he has not rivals. Isaiah and Jeremiah both emphasized the supremacy of the power over the clay, and if the people bow to such supremacy, God will bless them. But if the people challenge the Potter, they will receive judgment, and only repentance of sin will provide another opportunity for salvation. The choice is ours to make.


Have Thine own way, Lord! Have thine own way!
Thou art the potter, I am the clay!
Mold me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, yielded and still.

Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Search me and try me, Master, today!
Whiter than snow, Lord, wash me just now,
As in Thy presence humbly I bow.
--Adelaid A Pollard