Being a Tool
If you didn’t get a chance to read Friday’s passage/devotional, go back and read that quick, this will make much more sense if you do. Growing up on the farm, I’ve learned that having the right tool makes all the difference, and yet, when a very skilled mechanic such as Heather’s grandpa is faced with a problem, he could always seem to fix it with a pliers and baling wire. The right tool is important, but the Craftsman is the key.
King Asa defeated huge armies in the previous chapters, all by the Lord’s power. In chapter 16 however, the King of Israel Bashaa, is building a fortress to shut off Judah from the outside world. When King Asa learns of this, he seeks power in the Syrian King by send him and abundance of wealth, and Ben-hadad the King of Syria rises up against Bashaa, defeats him, and Bashaa ceases building. King Asa has won again.
Enter Hanani, the seer. Hanani comes before King Asa, and rebukes him saying, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you.8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the LORD, he gave them into your hand.
9 For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.”
God had been showing King Asa his faithfulness and power all of Asa’s days, and yet the King of Judah took matters into his own hands when faced with uncertainty. Here’s the kicker, we can’t even take matters into our own hands without being given power from The Lord. Isaiah 10:15, “Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!” We’re all tools. Only powered the by the One who has craftedn and hewn us, given grace to dwell upon this earth, and yet with our given breath, often we deny the One who gave it.
If you want to change this attitude in yourself, here’s my suggestion. Thank The Lord for His blessings in your life. Write them out, keep a list in your pocket, pray over them. When you do this, you will see how richly God has blessed you, and the more your heart recognizes that, the more willing it will be to bend to the one who gives it life.