Turning the world on it’s head

In the film Monsters Inc, Boo, a small girl, turns the lives of the monsters upside down.

They had been living their lives scared of children – they didn’t realize that children were scared of them.  Finding out they were, and then getting to know Boo totally changes them.

God is good at turning things on their head.  Taking what is considered wisdom, and showing it to be wrong.  He comes into lives and changes perspectives, alters priorities, and gives a whole new vision.

Perceived wisdom  might be that those who are doing best in lives are those who are “getting on”, with good jobs, nice cars, big houses, luxurious holidays.  And we might at times envy those things when we see them in others lives.  We might even consider their lives blessed.

None of these things in themselves are wrong, but are they really the measures that we think they are?  Are they truly the way to get on?  Are they the real markers of a blessed life?  Do they show who are blessed by God?

Jesus wants to turn that understanding on its head.  As Paul reminds us, the wisdom of the world is foolish.  He chose the foolish things of this world to put the wise to shame. He chose the weak things of this world to put the powerful to shame.

The people who are doing what God wants are those who will be blessed.

It turns out that the people God blesses are those:

  • who depend only on him.
  • who are humble
  • who want to obey him more than to eat or drink
  • who are merciful
  • whose hearts are pure
  • who make peace

And in an even stranger twist, those who will receive God’s blessing are those we would consider anything but blessed:

  • those who grieve – they will find comfort!
  • those who are treated badly for doing right.
  • God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me.

God knows their need and meets it.

God turns lives around.  When we meet him, and let him order our lives, he turns things on their head.

God’s blessing does not mean lots of shiny possessions, it means having God in things with us.

The Good News Bible uses the phrase ‘happiness’ in place of blessing.  These things are what bring true, lasting happiness – to us, to the world at large, and to God.

They may not be what are generally accepted as the signs that things are going well – but God so loves to turn things upside down!


sometimes the things we see as good

are not actually that good.

We judge things and people by the wrong criteria,

we are looking for the wrong signs.

Thank you that you are in all things.

And that you turn perceived wisdom upside down.

That your ways are the better ways.

Help us to cling to you

when we’re on our heads,

and walk in your ways

not ours.

~ by pamjw on January 26, 2011.

One Response to “Turning the world on it’s head”

  1. […] talked to the crowds about true blessings in life, Jesus now challenges them to go and do something.  They are not here just to receive the […]

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