Psalm 25:4–5: Show me your ways O, Lord, teach me your paths; guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God, my Savior, and my HOPE is in you all day long.”

No one has loved us or will ever love us with the pure, unconditional love that Christ has shown us and will continue to show us.

In the good times we FEEL certain that the Lord loves us.

But when pain, loss or adversity comes into our lives, sometimes people FEEL that the Lord has abandoned them.

If we depend on our FEELINGS, We will constantly be on a huge spiritual roller coaster ride.  We will be surrounded with uncertainty and fear wondering if the Lord is really aware of what is going on in our lives or if He really cares.

There are promises from God in the Bible to remind us that He is an ever-present God who would NEVER abandon us. We are always secure in the His hands.

Proverbs 1:33: “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely and will be secure, without fear of evil.”

Hebrews 13:5:  For He Himself has said, “I will NEVER leave you nor forsake you!”

Jeremiah 31:3–4: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving kindness. I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your tambourines and dance with the joyful.”

Psalm 62:5–6: "My soul finds rest in God alone. My hope comes from Him. Truly He is my rock and my salvation. He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”

We are a work in progress and the Lord will use ALL of our circumstances, the good times and the tough trials that come as a result of living in this fallen world to shape and mold us into Christians that look more like Christ.

We will definitely be on the Potter’s Wheel for our entire life!

As the Lord lovingly leads us, guides us, and shapes us into people of value and usefulness, our job is to “stay on the wheel” and let the Lord make us into what He desires us to be.

Can you imagine the lump of clay telling the Potter what it would like to become?

Yes, God has given us the ability to decide for ourselves to submit to His leading or decide to go our own way.

Frankly, some of the choices we have made when we follow our way, is as dangerous as running blindfold through a field filled with land mines and expecting to live.

The Lord’s work would be easier if we would completely trust Him and surrender our will to Him. The important word is “Trust.”  Do we trust that the Lord knows what He is doing even when we don’t fully understand what is going on?

Thankfully the Lord does not give into us or give up on us when we decide to “abandon the wheel”!

Instead He puts us back on the wheel and keeps working and shaping us day after day until we become pliable in His hands.

The more we surrender, the quicker we begin to take on a shape that God can use for His glory.

The Lord is fully committed to finishing the work he has begun in us.

Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.”

So, stay on the “wheel”.  Be patient. What God has in mind for you will be worth it!

Are you willing to say as David in Psalm 86: 11–13?

“Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.  For GREAT is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave” (physical andspiritual death).

Paul David Tripp sums up in one impactful paragraph this very thought In his Daily Gospel Devotional book, “NEW MORNING MERCIES”.

“Next time you face the unexpected, a moment of difficulty you really don’t want to go through, remember that such a moment doesn’t picture a God who has forgotten you, but one who is near to you and doing in you a very good thing.  He is rescuing you from thinking that you can live the life you were meant to live while relying on the inadequate resources of your wisdom, your experience, your righteousness and your strength.  He is transforming you into a person who lives a life shaped by radical God-centered faith.  He is the ultimate craftsman and we are His clay.  He will not take us off His wheel until His fingers have molded us into those who really believe and do not doubt.”