Isaiah 10:15. “Shall the ax boast itself against Him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against Him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.”
Contrary to his overweening pride and arrogance, the King of Assyria was nothing more than a tool in God’s hand to deal with a disobedient and idolatrous Israel. A tool doesn’t turn on its user. It has no power at all unless someone holds it, directs it, and accomplishes work with it. It is, in fact, no good at all unless it is directed by the hand of the workman.
We need to take the lesson here. Sometimes, especially if we have a particular talent or ability, it is easy to think how valuable we are to God, to the church, to other people. In actuality, God has given us whatever talents we may have, and He can take them away. If God is not directing our service, then we are no good at all
There is a song I love called Unless the Lord is Lifted Up. Its message is clear: There is nothing that really matters unless God is glorified in it.