Credit Where Credit Is Due

Sometimes I have trouble gleaning life lessons from Old Testament history. Such was not the case last week. Here’s what I read in Isaiah 10:12-15 (emphasis mine.)

I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes.  For he says, ‘By the strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures; like a mighty one I subdued their kings…’”

To which God responds:

  • “Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
  • or the saw boast against the one who uses it?
  • As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
  • or a club brandish the one who is not wood!”

In the verses that come next, the wrath of God is described in most disturbing detail, providing a strong warning.

We talk—and write—a whole lot more about what pleases God than about what displeases him, but I was struck by this passage. When we are blessed with goods or accomplishment, success or victory or achievement of any kind, it is always a gift of God, meant to be credited as such. We are only the ax, the saw, the rod, the club. He is the wielder in every case.

Soli Deo gloria! To God alone be the glory!

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