Broken Pottery ~ Broken People

 Broken Pottery ~ Painting by Lori Sivill

“Woe unto him that strives with his Maker!”

So many times we find ourselves asking our Father, “Why?”…Telling Him we do not understand, even perhaps shaking our fist and saying, “This isn’t fair!” or “How can a loving Father allow this?”

We must accept the fact that  “we see through a glass, darkly” ~ 1 Corinthians 13:12, we just don’t see or understand the whole picture, but God does and therefore we need to surrender and TRUST Him.

After all, “It is He that hath made us, not we ourselves” ~ Psalms 100:3…

“Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth.”

A postherd is a broken piece or shard of pottery. I love the picture above. What I believe God is saying here is, Let the broken worldly rebellious shards strive with each other about these questions, but as for we who believe, let us surrender all to our Maker…for He is the Potter and we are the clay.

“Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?

Or thy work, He hath no hands?”

“Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou?

Or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth ?” ~ Isaiah 45:9,10

What if we had said this about Jesus?

L’Innocence (detail) by William-Adolphe Bouguereau, c. 1893

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5

The word used here for bruised (דכא dâkâ’) means properly to be broken to pieces, to be bruised, to be crushed…Barnes’ Notes

How can we ever understand?  How can we ever praise Him enough for what we don’t understand?

Let us totally surrender and let our Father totally work out the broken pieces of our lives and trust that it will all be well…

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6