Tools in the Hand of God

Only one week left to finish writing the puzzles for my Bible-teaching Point & Click adventure game! Today I’m going to start writing up on my laptop, so I can see more clearly where the gaps are and what’s left. I suspect I’ll discover that there’s quite a lot!

I found another challenging perspective corrective this morning, in Isaiah 10:12-19:

When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, he will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. For he says:

“By the strength of my hand I have done it, and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;” …

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!

It’s such a ridiculous image, isn’t it? A wooden walking stick trying to lift up the man who rests upon it; an axe boasting about its woodcutting prowess in the face of the lumberjack. Okay, so I’ll admit that this is primarily about judgement against the King of Assyria for his arrogance in attacking God’s people, but if it’s true for a mighty war faring nation like Assyria, how much more should it be true of a puny computer programmer like me? I am a mere tool in the hands of a mighty God – any good I accomplish is nothing to do with “the strength of my hand… my wisdom … [my] understanding”, and so all the glory must go to God alone. Let it be so, Lord God!


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