Scripture: from verse 9
If you make yourselves stupid, you will stay stupid!
If you blind yourselves, you will stay blind!
Observation: This passage is about the people of Israel who pay lip service to God but mostly live as if He doesn’t exist or can’t see them. God later compares them to a pot saying that its maker didn’t make it and has no discernment. It’s not that they don’t know about God – they just don’t really think He sees them and knows them and is relevant to their plans.
The result is situations of dramatic irony. If they asked God for guidance and relied on His wisdom, they could make really good choices. But as it is, they make the best choices they can with the information they are willing to acknowledge, and God is left sitting helplessly like the movie audience watching the ditsy blonde walk into the creepy building. She’s the only one who doesn’t know it’s a bad idea, but she does it anyway.
Application: Assume God has useful input. Ask for it. Don’t wait for Him to prove that He’s stronger than you (as God says He will in verse 14) as that’s often a rather unpleasant process.
Prayer: Father, I praise you for having far more wisdom and knowledge than I have. Thank you for guiding me when I ask you to. Help me to follow you, and bless me. Amen.