Shall the ax boast itself against him who chops with it?
or shall the saw exalt itself against him who saws with it?
As if a rod could wield itself against those who lift it up,
Or as if a staff could lift up, as it were not wood! Isaiah 10:15
I am going to take this text a little out of context, but it is a beautiful text. We have all gazed upon the work of one gifted in the use of the ax, the saw, and the hammer. Or perhaps you have seen the beauty of those that paint with a brush. But the ax, the saw, the hammer, or the brush in and off themselves are no better than the one using them. They cannot perform without a hand to guide them.
So, why do we think we are better than the One who created us. Why do we think we can perform better and know better than He who wants to use us in His service? Therefore, we should become servants like the ax, the saw, the hammer and the brush. Each doing their appointed work, guided by the hand of the Master Builder. It is in this way that the kingdom of heaven will be built.
2 thoughts on “The Ax, Saw, Hammer, and Brush”
I do not think Christians that truly walk make that mistake often but, yes, we do that.
I was making a general statement. Looking at society, which claims to be Christian, it is getting harder and harder to see Christ in the Christians. More and more society is a me first society and not putting others first and me second. When it is me first, we are putting ourselves in front of God. We have bought into the lie told at the tree in the garden of Eden. God had provided everything for Adam and Eve, yet they put themselves in front God, wanting to be what they couldn’t be and that was God. Certainly, there are exceptions, there are some really truly beautiful Christians, But as a whole society is becoming more and more me centered instead of other centered. When we become humble as Christ was humble, then God can use us in His service. Then as a humble servant of God, we reflect God character in our lives.
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