It’s TIME to CHANGE our ATTITUDE from PRIDE to PRAISE
July 19 Bible Reading: Isaiah Chapters 10-12
"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 if it were not wood!" (Isaiah 10:15)
In chapter 10:5–11, prophet Isaiah is pronouncing God’s strong displeasure with Assyria, the heathen country He had chosen as a tool of judgment against His own people Israel for her multiplied sins. Having announced the coming of an enemy who would ravage Israel, God then identified that nation and said He would judge her for her sin as well. Though Assyria was “the rod of (God’s) anger” (v. 5), she was still held accountable by God for her actions. Though God sent Assyria to loot Judah, the Assyrians went beyond what God had permitted. Their king Sennacherib stepped over the line when he raised his hand even against the God of Judah.
The role of Assyria was only that of an instrument of punishment in God’s Hand – an instrument like an axe, saw, rod and staff (v. 15). However, due to Assyria’s pride God’s pronounced judgment on her: "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of his haughty looks" (v. 12). God said He would punish Assyria for her pride by sending “a wasting disease” on her soldiers (v. 18). This occurred in 701 B.C. when Sennacherib was attacking Judah and “the angel of the Lord” put to death 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight (see Isaiah 37:36–37).
It is time to change our attitude from pride to humility, which will happen only when we realize who we truly are – just instruments in the Hands of the Almighty God. When we are humble before God then our vision will be clarified as we realize how much we depend on God daily in our lives! This was what was prophesied by Isaiah concerning the returning remnant of Israel: "And it shall come to pass in that day that the remnant of Israel, and such as have escaped of the house of Jacob, will never again depend on him who defeated them, but will depend on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth" (Isaiah 10:20). Our dependence on God will ultimately lead to our praising God for becoming our salvation, our strength and our song. This is what God ultimately wants from us every day!