thinking backwards

April 2015 (23)Isaiah 29:15-19

15 Oy! Those who make a secret plan, to hide from Yahveh, and what they do is in a dark place. And they say, “Who sees us? And who knows us?” 16 You have it backwards! As if a pot’s creator is as dumb as the clay he uses! That product says about its maker, “He did not make me,” and a thing made into shape says of its creator “He does not know me.” 17 In a very short time, will not Lebanon change into a fruitful farmland, and the present fruitful farmland be regarded as forest? 18 And on that day, those now deaf will hear words from a scroll, and blind eyes will see out of gloom and darkness. 19 And those who are meek will experience joy in Yahveh, and needy people will celebrate the holy one of Israel.

thinking backwards

Isaiah was addressing a people who currently could pay their own bills, and solve their own problems, so they figured that they could ignore God. Their lives appeared to be under sufficient control that they could imagine a world without a creator. So, they decided to recreate God in their own minds. They imagined a God very much like the gods of the nations around them – a god who is fashioned from wood or stone, incapable of seeing or knowing them. Yes, that will do – a god I can manipulate to accomplish my will, and who cannot see what I do or hear what I think in secret.

Isaiah tells these powerful people that they are idiots. They have it totally backwards. In reality, we human beings are the clay, and God created, and is creating – us. Isaiah reminds the people who have their lives under control that God is the one who is really in control. If there is any changing or manipulating of this world, the LORD is the one who is going to do it. To illustrate that, Isaiah reminds them how quickly God can change a forest into farmland, and vice-versa. This is the same sovereign God who is now being trusted to make a difference in the lives of his true believers. They may be meek, and blind and deaf now, but they are trusting God is going to change them. These are the ones who are thinking in the right direction.

LORD, we know who you are and how you want to transform us. Keep us from the arrogance of thinking backwards about you.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is a former Christian missionary and a candidate for pastoral ministry. You can contact him at -- !
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