Staying Humble

Shall the axe vaunt itself over the one who wields it, or the saw magnify itself against the one who handles it? As if a rod should raise the one who lifts it up, or as if a staff should lift the one who is not wood? – Isaiah 10:15 

One of the best stories about arrogance and humility in the Bible is the story about the Assyrians. They were fierce enemies of the Israelites. God used them to punish Israel when the Israelites turned disobedient and idolatrous. With God’s blessing, they were victorious in their battles, but success got the better of them. They became proud and took all the credit for themselves. As the verse says, “Shall the axe vaunt itself over the one who wields it, or the saw magnify itself against the one who handles it?” Surely not! When we are tempted to take all the credit for our achievements, never forget that we are only God’s instruments. It is scary because God can take away everything from us at any time. If we are not careful in handling the praise, awards, and compliments we receive, we might forget about the One who blesses us. Don’t get conceited with your strength, skills, or talent. Avoid succumbing to the pitfalls of nurturing pride because God will have the last say, and He humbles the arrogant

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