Isaiah 64:8

But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

Reference:

Richard J Maynes, October 2015 LDS General Conference.

What is the scriptural or historical context of this scripture:

Isaiah prays for the coming of Christ.

Thoughts about this scripture:

I remember the first time I saw a potters wheel. It spun the clay rapidly and the potter touched it and moulded the clay. First making a bowl, then a vase, then something else and back. It was amazing the way the touch of his hands could so easily and rapidly change a lump of clay into something both beautiful and useful.

Where the potter I saw was just a student, there are master potters out there. Christ is such a potter when it comes to our lives. Accepting his hand in the shaping of what we are and will become can turn us and our lives into something beautiful and useful.

More beautiful and more useful that anything we could do ourselves.

How does this strengthen my testimony

I have felt the hand of the Lord on my life. And knowing that he has a purpose for me helps me to have faith in him. Even when we don't know what shape the Lord is making us into, I trust in him. I know that he loves me and is working out the ultimate purpose of happiness for me and for others as he shapes my life.

I love God and his son Jesus Christ. My greatest desire is to be useful to them in accomplishing their purposes here on earth.