The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying: “Arise and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear My words.” Then I went down to the potter’s house, and there he was, making something at the wheel. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter; so he made it again into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to make. Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter?” says the Lord. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel! The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it. Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, “Thus says the Lord: behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good. (Jeremiah 18:1-11)
Finding America At The Potter’s House
Israel was a superpower of its day. They conquered the land of Canaan and withstood their enemies on all sides. It was a land that flowed with milk and honey with prosperity making it one of the richest nations in the world. The Queen of Sheba visited the land during the reign of Solomon to see the magnificence of Israel for herself. She discovered the stories of the king and Israel were only half told. For more than one hundred years the nation was an incredible picture of wealth and power.
Jeremiah saw a much different picture than the Queen of Sheba. He witnessed the decline of the nation into sin and the final judgment of the Lord upon Jerusalem as they were carried away to a captive land. The man of God’s mission was to turn the hearts of the people to the Lord of which they largely ignored. Israel had become so wicked they believed they could never be destroyed. Their confidence in being the people of God gave them a false sense of security they were safe from their enemies. They were under the mistaken idea that God would never punish them. The Lord told Jeremiah to visit the potter’s home.
Men forget that nations rise and fall by the hand of God. As Creator not only does God ordain the pattern of the world but He also declares His glory in the workings of the nations. It only takes an instant for the Lord to speak and a nation will crumble. It only takes an instant for the God of all nations to raise up a people for His purpose. The political wrangling of nations is comical at best because regardless of how men plan the success or failures of nations it remains in the hand of God to determine the outcome. As clay in the potter’s hand every nation on earth is subject to the will of the potter. Read the history of man and it will be clearly evident no nation will survive who deny God.
America has become a nation much like the people of Israel in the days of the prophets. Wickedness abounds and evil hearts fill the landscape of morality. The people of God know what will become of this land of red, white and blue. It will follow the path of ancient Israel into a moral captivity that will destroy it from within. There is a need to visit the potter’s house in America. As the clay in the hand of the potter so goes the United States of America. Lord Jesus come quickly.
It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God; to confess their sins and transgressions in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon. (Abraham Lincoln, Proclamation, March 30, 1863)