axe to grind
I read this last week. Isaiah 10:15 says, Can the ax boast greater power than the person who uses it? Is the saw greater than the person who saws? Can a whip strike unless a hand is moving it? Can a cane walk by itself?
I love this passage and the imagery here. It’s like those shots in the movies that zoom out until you seen the greater picture. Essentially God is zooming out the camera to give us a better perspective of how things work.
What’s greater? The ax or the person using it?
What’s greater? God’s plan or my personal agenda?
What’s greater? God’s ways or my selfish desires?
What’s greater? God’s Word or my thoughts and beliefs?
Ideally, perspective should inform our actions. So when I read this, I’m forced to realize that I’m not something that God has wound up and let loose on the earth. Instead, I’m an instrument in the hands of One who is greater than me. When I try to “swing myself” I get into a whole mess of problems.
I’d better just let the ax swinger do His job.