“You Turn Things Upside Down!” ( Isaiah 29: 16, ESV ) by Carley Evans

“And the Lord says, ‘Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor Me with their lips, while their hearts are far from Me, and their fear of Me is a commandment taught by men, therefore, behold, I again do wonderful things with this people, with wonder upon wonder; and the wisdom of their wise men perishes, and the discernment of their discerning men is hidden.'” (Isaiah 29:13-14)

God says we follow Him with our speech while not with our hearts; we are in awe of Him only because we have been told to be by our spiritual leaders; therefore He is doing “wonderful things, with wonder upon wonder.” He seems amused that we try to “hide deep from the Lord” both our counsel and our deeds; that we pretend He is unable to see or know us.

“You turn things upside down!”

I Am the potter; you are the clay. “Shall the potter be regarded as the clay, that the thing made should say of its maker, ‘He did not make me’; or the thing formed say of Him who formed it, ‘He has no understanding?” (Isaiah 29:16)

Rather than reacting with anger, God says: “In that day the deaf hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind see. The meek obtain fresh joy in the Lord, and the poor among mankind exult in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:18-19) “And those who go astray in spirit come to understanding, and those who murmur accept instruction.” (Isaiah 29:24) No longer are we ashamed and pale faced. Instead, we “sanctify His Name and stand in awe of the God of Israel” (Isaiah 29:23) not because someone in authority tells us we must. Rather, we know we are clay and He is the Master Potter. We trust His hands and His skill. We recognize how we have turned things upside down, and how God uprights.