“If you see a turtle on a fence post you’d be rational to conclude it didn’t get there by itself.” - political joke
Sometimes we get too big for our britches. We believe we have arrived and we got there all on our own, by pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps! (Sorry for all the country jargon, just hard to quit!). The reality is that we are nothing without Him... we couldn’t even breath without Him!
In Isaiah 10, Assyria has become high and mighty. God enabled them to be His instrument of judgment upon nations, but they were viewing themselves as almighty. They believe they have done it all themselves... in reality they were a turtle on a post... only there because God put them there!
Isaiah penned their attitude beautifully, “Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.”
Assyria was simply a tool being used by God for His purposes. He allowed Assyria to become large, powerful, and in charge to judge His people. Before too long, God was going to allow another more sinister nation to rise up and destroy Assyria, Babylon. This nation, Babylon, would again be simply a tool God would use for His purposes.
Before we get too hard on Assyria, we often behave the same way. God’s people need a good dose of humility and dependence upon God. Far too often we can begin to think we have it all together and we have arrived. Little do we realize that God, by His great grace, has chosen to use us in spite of us! If He wanted to, He could have the rocks cry out, but He allows us to be useful for His purposes.
Realize today that you are simply an ax in His hand, and a saw in his skillful use.
Start your day by expressing to God your absolute need for Him... that you can do nothing without Him. And then live like you need Him, because you do.
Daily Scripture Reading
“But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.”