Getting It Turned Around

NoCo LegisToday ended up being a full day. I attended the Larimer County Republican breakfast and listen to the end of session report from some of our Northern Colorado legislators. I than joined a group from the Larimer Energy Action project for a site tour, had brief break before my scheduled massage and a doctor’s appointment. The good news at the end of the day is no skin cancers to be concerned about.

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY…You have turned things around, as if the potter were the same as the clay. How can what is made say about its maker, “He didn’t make me”? How can what is formed say about the one who formed it, “He doesn’t understand what he’s doing”? Isaiah 29:16 HCSB

I am reminded of the words of Paul to the Corinthians, “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. (1 Corinthians 1:21 NLT) We also read, “God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish.” (1 Corinthians 1:20 NLT)

There are all kinds of experts and there are some very smart people in our world, but they are not God. God is not known or understood by human wisdom. Paul says, that is just part of the “wisdom of God.” What man views as foolishness is what  God uses to draw people to Himself.

As we look at the words of Isaiah of old, his statement, “you have turned things around…” is fitting for our culture today. Human reasoning is not only foolishness to God, it can make fools out of people. How many are those today who say to God, “you didn’t make me! I was a cosmic accident, a creation by chance.” How many are those who look at God and pass judgment on the Almighty. “God, you don’t know what you are doing!”

I am thankful for God-given and diligently developed intellect. Today, I took a tour of an oil and gas “fracking” operation. It is hard to comprehend the ability to draw important resources out of solid rock over one mile beneath the earth’s surface. We look at other technological innovations and stand in awe. But how foolish even in the arenas that have been developed by human intellect, for their to be a denial of a God who has given people intellect and who is there and above all.

There are those who look at all the has been developed and created, and instead of viewing it as an extension of a Creator, use it deny the Creator. In the midst of it all God looks at it and calls it, “foolishness.” Instead we should be in awe of God and His ways.

I am reminded of the words of the song by Casting Crowns,

Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth
Would care to know my name
Would care to feel my hurt?
Who am I, that the bright and morning star
Would choose to light the way
For my ever wandering heart?

Not because of who I am
But because of what you’ve done
Not because of what I’ve done
But because of who you are

God has a way of reminding people of who they really are. “The Lord said: “…I will again confound these people with wonder after wonder. The wisdom of their wise men will vanish, and the understanding of the perceptive will be hidden.” (Isaiah 29:13,14 HCSB)
God is able to confound the “wise” and do things that are outside of human comprehension or understanding. It quickly puts “humanity in its place.” We must understand that God wants our hearts as much as he has created our minds. When we keep God a the center of our life and we keep the world around in perspective, it keeps things “right side up.”