At Odds With The Potter

We all have so much to be thankful for! It’s important to be continually thankful to the Father for all he has done for us and all he has given to us. One of the great gifts he has given us is our temple. The Father wants our bodies fit and healthy for ministering to our families, friends and for doing kingdom work. But often times, we tend to put the needs of others ahead of our own health. I know, I used to do it myself. All that running around to get my children to dance and swimming kept me “too busy” (I thought) to address my extra 90 pounds. I want to encourage you that you do not have to feel guilty about taking time out of your day to take care of the body that Christ has entrusted you with.

When you give some time to worship the Father with exercise you reap the reward of more energy, more time, a better disposition, better memory, increased productivity and libido increases — now, I’m not telling you anything that Dr. Oz hasn’t already said! Put practical knowledge together with the power of God to move you from the place you are now to the place you want to be. What do you want your health to look like? Do you want to lose weight? Do you need more energy? It won’t just happen on it’s own.

Negative thoughts, lack of confidence and low self esteem can be huge stumbling blocks to even start our journey on the path to wellness. Isaiah 45:8-12 The Message (MSG) admonishes us to not criticize The Potter’s handiwork. It reads:

8-10″ Open up, heavens, and rain.
Clouds, pour out buckets of my goodness!
Loosen up, earth, and bloom salvation;
sprout right living.
I, God, generate all this.
But doom to you who fight your Maker—
you’re a pot at odds with the potter!
Does clay talk back to the potter:
‘What are you doing? What clumsy fingers!’
Would a sperm say to a father,
‘Who gave you permission to use me to make a baby?’
Or a fetus to a mother,
‘Why have you cooped me up in this belly?'”

11-12Thus God, The Holy of Israel, Israel’s Maker, says:
“Do you question who or what I’m making?
Are you telling me what I can or cannot do?
I made earth,
and I created man and woman to live on it.
I handcrafted the skies
and direct all the constellations in their turnings.

Here is what I wrote in my margin after I read these verses:

• The Potter knows what he is doing.
• Why do I criticize how he formed me?
• Why do I question the work he is trying to do in me?
• Why do I speak negative words over his creation (me)?
• I have no right to tell God what he can or can’t do with me, in me or through me.
• He loves me, He formed me.
• I am a beautiful pot.

The Potter is forming and fashioning you into the beautiful vessel he wants you to be, trust Him. You are beautiful in the body you are in today!