July 17, 2017: SOAP #2783: Isaiah 29-31; James 1 Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 29:15 Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?” 16 You turn things upside down, as if the potter were thought to [...]

July 17, 2017: SOAP #2783: Isaiah 29-31; James 1

Scripture:  Isaiah (NIV) 29:15 Woe to those who go to great depths to hide their plans from the LORD, who do their work in darkness and think, “Who sees us? Who will know?”
16 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”?

Observation:    Isaiah was writing to people who are like many people today.   How foolish it would be for a piece of pottery to claim that the potter did not make it.   It sits on the shelf above the potter's wheel next to the supply of clay on the floor.   The marks of the potter's fingers can be seen in the pottery, yet the pottery claims the potter had nothing to do with its creation.

Application:   It is about the same as people who claim that God did not create them.   Man is made in God's image, but man looks everywhere but to God for evidence that may indicate how he was created.   They follow one theory after another that might explain how man came to be on this earth.   They run away from even considering that God created man in His image.   If they accept that as truth, they will be required to answer to Him for how they lived their lives.

Prayer:    Heavenly Father, what an honor and privilege to be your creation and to carry your image.   I was created for your glory, to bring you pleasure.   Today that is my goal, to make you smile.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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