We believe in God, the Father Almighty…
Yet You, LORD, are our Father.
We are the clay, You are the potter;
we are all the work of Your hand.
In this passage, the prophet prays on behalf of his suffering people – people who have lost their homes, their families and their self-respect, and have suffered so much that they have almost forgotten that they are God’s people at all. He prays for miraculous intervention; he prays for their sins to be forgiven. He prays on the basis that the God who created them must surely be committed to them, whatever happens.
Parenthood begins at conception; but it doesn’t end with childbirth. It doesn’t even end when our children have grown up and left the family home. It is the task of a lifetime to feed, teach, train, discipline, advise, encourage and help our children to make their way in the world. And God cares for His children even more than we care for ours!
We can be assured that the One who made us and cares for us will not reject us – but He has the right to mould us as He sees fit, and that moulding process is sometimes prolonged and painful. Do we trust Him to finish what He has started? “I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)