“Yet, O Lord, you are our Father; we are the clay, and you are our potter; we are all the work of your hand.” vs. 8
The prophet uses these words to describe our relationship with God, not with a sense of arrogance, but as a confession of humility. As human beings we know that we continually fall short of God’s expectations. To quote the prophet, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.”
There is really nothing that we do that is not tinged by the dark stains of sin…as a liturgical confession puts it, “We are captive to sin and cannot free ourselves.” Still, we have not fallen from God’s grace. Nothing can take away the relationship that we have with our Maker…we are all the work of God’s hand. We have been molded and crafted and have been beautifully designed…according to Psalm 8 we are the crown of creation. God has never made anything better. Never should any of us say, “Well, I’m only human.” What more could we possibly be? As the psalmist says in another place, “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” What the prophet wants us to remember is that all of our inherent gifts and abilities come from God…they are nothing for us to brag about. Our only role is to humbly thank God for all we are and then live out our lives in caring and serving others.
Thought for the Day: Do you see beauty when you look in a mirror?