You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to be like the 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"? (NIV)
It seems like many Christians have a backwards relationship with God. Even though we are the created one and God is the Creator, we seem to think we call the shots. We think we know what is best. It is the same today as if was in Isaiah's day. Then the people were unhappy because they were facing God's judgment for their sins. They complained about their circumstances and questioned God's authority. Today, we complain if God doesn't quickly answer our prayers in just the way we want Him to. We have it backwards.
We see this same backwards relationship with Jesus and the apostles James and John. The Bible says they "demanded" Jesus to grant their request to sit at His right hand in Heaven (Mark 10:35). Even though they were but the dust of the earth and Jesus was God's son, they wanted Him to do their bidding.
Instead of following the examples of the early Israelites or James and John, we need be like Jesus. When He was faced with dying a horrible death on the cross he prayed, "Not my will but Thine be done." (Luke 22:42). He had the relationship exactly right.
Dear God, Help me to remember that You are the skilled Potter and I am a lump of clay.