A Willing Tool In The Hands Of A Powerful God
Isaiah 41:14-16 (NIV)
14 “Do not be afraid, you worm Jacob, little Israel, do not fear, for I myself will help you,” declares the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.
15 “See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff.
16 You will winnow them, the wind will pick them up, and a gale will blow them away. But you will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel.”
In the face of challenges, we often experience a sense of inadequacy that cripples us. Our helplessness often escalates into desperation as numerous attempts to resolve them prove to be futile. In those times, I would often throw in the towel and hope that God would miraculously resolve those issues while I sit back and watch Him work. Fortunately, God does not work this way!
Even though He is All-Powerful and can simply overcome the problems for us, God does not want to be reduced to an impersonal Santa Claus who simply dispenses gifts to us while we are asleep! He is our Father in heaven; personal, passionate and powerful. He wants us to experience His love passionately and power personally as He walks through the challenges with us!
Like the Israelites who saw themselves as a ‘worm’ and deemed themselves to be ‘little’, we often belittle ourselves like the Israelites in face of challenges as well! We focus so much on the problem, magnify it out of proportion and totally lose sight on how big our God is! In the midst of our challenges, let us find comfort in His promise to us: “…for I Myself will help you…” (Isaiah 41:14). Yes, not His angels nor any other beings. We have good reason not to fear in face of challenges because our God will come to our rescue personally!
So how does God help us personally if He does not move those mountains in our life away? God wants to use us to move those mountains! Notice that God did not offer to move the mountains away for the Israelites. He says “…I will make you into a threshing sledge…you will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills to chaff…” (Isaiah 41:15).
Threshing sledges were used in the ancient times to separate the chaff from the grains after a harvest. It’s a rather mundane agriculture tool used by farmers. But in the hands of God, we become an extraordinary threshing sledge! Not to separate grains from chaffs but sharp and strong enough to reduce mountains into nothing!! How can we feel ‘little’ or like a ’worm’ when we can be such extraordinary tools in His hands for exceptional work? Never!
God wants us to be His partner, His co-laborer in His display of divine power! He wants us to trust and yield ourselves to Him so that He can wield us like a mighty weapon, knocking down challenges standing in our way! He wants us to a participant in His miracle and not just a spectator. He wants us to experience His power, providence and promise in the most intimate way possible. He wants us to know Him deeper as we walk hand in hand with Him.
Friends, God does not excuse us from trials in this life or take them away on our behalf. Challenges in life are meant for us to experience His goodness and to see Him clearer with unveiled eyes. His desire for us is that we will experience the extraordinary when we yield our all that is ordinary in us to Him. A willing tool in the hands of a powerful God is our answer to all of life’s challenges.
Let us pray.
“Dear God, I know that You are bigger than the biggest challenges in my life. I have no reason to fear them because You have promised me that You will come to my rescue personally. I thank You for these challenges that I see because I know they are opportunities for me to experience Your power and Your faithfulness. Make me into that powerful instrument as You will and wield me with Your might to crush every mountain that is set in my way. As I yield myself to You, I know You can do extraordinary things in my life and in those around me through me. I can smile at all my challenges because I am a willing tool in the hands of a powerful God.”