“Does a clay pot dare to argue with its maker, a pot that is like all the others? Does the clay ask the potter what he is doing? Does the pot complain that its maker has no skill?”
Isa 45:9 GNB
Most of us think that we know better than the people doing the job how it should be done. We complain when our favourite sports team loses that “They should get rid of that useless coach. They’ll never get anywhere whilst he’s in charge” Sometimes it’s the captain, or the manager, or whoever.
The Israelites were not at all enthusiastic about Isaiah’s prophecy that Cyrus was God’s servant. He was a foreigner, not a true-blue Israelite, they moaned. In so doing they were trying to tell God how to staff the Persian army that would inevitably come and overthrow the Babylonians. He was their maker, says Isaiah, just as the potter is the maker of the clay. Who were they to tell him his job? “How absurd their narrowness of vision is! And how tragic for it shuts them out from oneness with God and from the joy that should be theirs. … It is often hard to move beyond theologizing to trusting, but we must do so if we are to exercise the kind of faith which God requires of us and without which we cannot please him” (B. Webb, The Message of Isaiah, p184).
We too sometimes find God’s ways refusing to fit into our expectations. He makes the rules but we think we can do it better and think of ourselves as having the right to do it our way. And then he constantly surprises us with new schemes, new ideas, and new ways of doing things.
Lord, help me to acknowledge your sovereignty and to obey your rule.