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September 14, 2021 8:00 pm
Considered one of the greatest video games ever made, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time published by Nintendo has sold more than seven million copies worldwide. It’s also popularized the ocarina, a tiny, ancient, potato-shaped musical instrument made of clay.
The ocarina doesn’t look like much of a musical instrument. However, when it’s played—by blowing into its mouthpiece and covering various holes around its misshapen body—it produces a strikingly serene and hauntingly hopeful sound.
The ocarina’s maker took a lump of clay, applied pressure and heat to it, and transformed it into an amazing musical instrument. I see a picture of God and us here. Isaiah 64:6, 8–9 tells us: “All of us have become like one who is unclean. . . . Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter. . . . Do not be angry beyond measure.” The prophet was saying: God, you’re in charge. We’re all sinful. Shape us into beautiful instruments for You.
That’s exactly what God does! In His mercy, He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sin, and now, He’s shaping and transforming us as we walk in step with His Spirit every day. Just as the ocarina maker’s breath flows through the instrument to produce beautiful music, God works through us—His molded instruments—to accomplish His beautiful will: to be more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29).
Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled God's molded instruments was written by Ruth Juan Lau considered one of the greatest video games ever made Nintendo the legend of Zelda ocarina of time has sold more than 7 million copies worldwide. Also popularized ocarina a tiny ancient potato shaped musical instrument made of clay ocarina doesn't look like much of a musical instrument. However, when it's played by blowing into its mouthpiece and covering various holes around its misshapen body.
It produces a strikingly serene and hauntingly hopeful sound. The ocarina's maker took a lump of clay applied pressure and heat to it and transformed it into an amazing musical instrument. I see a picture of God and us here.
Isaiah 64 verse six and verses eight through nine tell us all of us have become like one who is unclean, yet you, Lord, our father, we are the clay you are the Potter do not be angry beyond measure.
The prophet was saying God you're in charge. We are all sinful, shape us into beautiful instruments for you. That's exactly what God does in his mercy he sent his son Jesus to die for our sin and now he shaping and transforming us as we walk in step with his spirit every day. Just as the ocarina maker's breath flows through the instrument to produce beautiful music. God works through us is molded instruments to accomplish his beautiful well, to be more and more like Jesus. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from Isaiah chapter 64 verses five through nine. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them you were angry.
How then can we be saved all of us have become like one who is unclean and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags. We all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind.
Our sins sweep us away. No one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you, for you have hidden your fees from us and have given us over to our sins, yet you Lord, are our father. We are the clay you are the Potter, we are all the work of your hand.
Do not be angry beyond measure.
Lord do not remember our sins forever look on us. We pray for we are all people.
Let's pray father, thank you for saving us and transforming us so that we will become more like your son Jesus. Teach us to submit to your spirit's work of transforming us. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries