“Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth! Shall the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’ Or shall your handiwork say, ‘He has no hands’?
Isaiah 45 includes one of the most detailed ancient prophecies in the entire Bible. Isaiah spoke concerning a king who would rise to power, conquer other nations and free the captives of Israel allowing them to return to Jerusalem. If those details were not enough to convince the skeptic, Isaiah actually included the name of the king and the means in which he would defeat Babylon.
Tucked away in this fabulous prophecy is a warning to the child of God against striving with God. The word strive means to complain, quarrel, wrestle or contend. It is a picture of resistance rather than compliance. Isaiah could have illustrated the folly of this with a host of different life lessons. He could have described a child pulling away from his parents, or an animal resisting his owner but he chose to speak of a piece of clay refusing to be molded into the image the potter had in mind. What a ludicrous visual that actually is, as if the clay had a better plan for itself than its maker.
Paul declared that God has foreordained good works for us to walk in. As we submit to God and walk under the guidance of His word we will find that we become exactly who He had in mind when He created us.