Jeremiah 13:7 “Then I went to Euphrates, and digged, and took the girdle from the place where I had hid it: and, behold, the girdle was marred, it was profitable for nothing.”

Two times in the book of Jeremiah, God talks about something being marred. In the verse above, the girdle was marred to the point that it became profitable for nothing. The girdle being hid in the dirt caused the damage to be so great that it could no longer be used again.

However, Jeremiah 18:4 talks about something else being marred. It says, “And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.” The clay was marred, but it was used again. It was damaged, but the damage did not destroy it.

What is the difference between both of these stories? Both were marred, but one was used again where the other was deemed “profitable for nothing”? The difference is the hand of God. The clay was profitable to be used again because, though it was marred, it was in the hand of God. The girdle was marred, but it became profitable for nothing because it lay in the dirt that marred it. Several principles are taught about the hope or hopelessness of being marred.

First, everybody has been marred to some degree. To think that you have never been marred is arrogance and pride, and pride is an abomination to God. Never think that your sins are not as bad as another’s sin. Your sin is just as wicked as another’s sin, and your sin has marred you as another’s sin has marred them. You will never be useful for God until you acknowledge how your sin has marred you.

Second, God never said which was marred worse. We don't know if the vessel was marred more or less than the girdle; we just know that both were marred. It is not the degree of the mar that determines whether one is useful again; it is the power of God that remakes the marred vessel that makes it useful again. Don't let the degree of your sin keep you from believing that God can’t use you again.

Third, you will always be profitable for nothing as long as you lay in the soil of sin. It was the fact that the girdle lay in the dirt that marred it that caused it to be profitable for nothing. That girdle could have been remade if it was in the hand of God. Never let the “degree” of the badness of your sin cause you to think that God cannot remake you. There is no sin so bad or so deep that God cannot remake the sinner into a chosen vessel for His use. You can be remade, but only if you get out of the dirt of sin that has marred your life.

Fourth, God’s hand is never too good not to remake a marred vessel. God’s mercy extends to you no matter what you have done. Don't let the voice of the Pharisees cause you to think that God will not remake you. God is always willing to reach down into the miry clay and set your feet upon a rock to establish your goings, but you must yield to His hand that is trying to remake you.

Fifth, your only hope to be useful is to get out of the dirt and get into the hand of God. Sin does not have to be the last chapter of your life. Get up from the miry clay of your sin and confess your sin to God; it is the moment you confess your sin to God that His hands immediately begin to remake your life into a chosen vessel as you yield to Him.

Dr. Allen Domelle

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