But can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it? Is the saw greater than the person who saws? Can a rod strike unless a hand moves it? Can a wooden cane walk by itself? Isaiah 10:15 (NLT)
The obvious answer to all the above questions is “no”! It seems ridiculous to even pose such questions! However, Isaiah 10:7 reminds us clearly that no matter how royal you are or how prestigious and smart you might be, it is really easy for us humans to foolishly forget, or even understand, that we are just God’s tools, made to accomplish His purpose. Apart from God we can do nothing (John 15:5)! Apart from the hand of our Master Crafter we are just as useful as a tool, left in a tool box!
This underlines a lesson we learn from Genesis 11. The people in Genesis 11 wanted to build for themselves. This endeavor only ended in devastation and destruction. God created the universe with His words He clearly does not need tools, but He wants to use tools. He wants to use you and I to build His purpose through! Astounding!
God’s designs cannot be destroyed, His plans cannot be poached and what He builds will be brought to competition as a display of His glory. The “tool” He’s created you to be, displays His originality and your purpose is to portray His authenticity.
The moment we stop delighting ourselves in Him, we become diluted with self-indulgence. Pride comes in every form and none of them are pretty. Pride is the fastest way to be put back in the tool box my friend! If you want to be a useful “hammer” you’ve got to live enamored!
When you came down long ago, you did awesome deeds beyond our highest expectations. And oh, how the mountains quaked! For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for him! (8) … We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand. Isaiah 64:3-4, 8 (NLT)