Our God is a Potter - Joseph Trace

Updated: May 12, 2020

A frequent guest writer, Joseph Trace shares with us this creative piece exploring the notion that our God is a Potter. Joseph's remarks on scripture are insightful and encouraging.

Our God is a Potter

In Genesis does it not say:

"The Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life"?

Our God is a Potter.

Isaiah chapter 29, verse 16spoken to the nation of Israel:

"You turn things upside down, as if the Potter were thought to be like clay! Shall what is formed say to him who formed it, 'He did not make me'? Can the pot say of the Potter 'He knows nothing'?"

Further still chapter 64, verse 8:

"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand."

Our God is a Potter.

Jeremiah chapter 18, verses 3-6:

"So I went to the potter's house, and I saw him working at the wheel. But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; So the Potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to fit. Then the word of the Lord came to me: O house of Israel, can I not do with you as the Potter does? Like clay in the hand of the Potter, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel."

Our God is a Potter.

When we are called to soften our hearts is it so they may be trodden underfoot? Or is it so he may work and form us with his hands?

Our God is a Potter.

We speak of Jesus as a carpenter, but what forests were there in Israel?


In Greek he is said as Tektōn meaning craftsman, builder, labourer. With what could Jesus build but the earth beneath his feet? He did not build with lumber, he built with stone, he built with clay.

Our God is a Potter.

He does not work on us disconnected by tools.

He is a hands on God. 

Fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles all in the mix. 

Muddying himself up to the elbows kind of God!

Pressing, stretching, kneading, caressing.

Leaving fingerprints all the while.

That is our God.

In these times we are in, can we not see our hearts as the clay, wettened and softened for work?

It is our choice then to make sure not to fall to the ground and be worked by the world, but to stay on the wheel and be worked by God's good hands.

Our God is a Potter.

Let's be his Clay.

Joseph Trace is a Graduate of Architecture at The University of Auckland and an avid painter and carver in his spare time. If you have any thoughts about symbolism. and religion, you can reach him at joseph.trace@gmail.com. // Photo supplied by author.

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