credit where credit is due”？
12 When the Lord has finished all his work against Mount Zion and Jerusalem,
he will say, “I will punish the king of Assyria for the willful pride
of his heart and the haughty look in his eyes. 13 For he says: “‘By the
strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have
understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their
treasures; like a mighty one I subdued their kings. 14 As one reaches into
a nest, so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations; as people gather
abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped a wing, or
opened its mouth to chirp. ’”15 Does the ax raise itself above the person
who swings it, or the saw boast against the one who uses it? As if a rod
were to wield the person who lifts it up, or a club brandish the one who is
not wood!16 Therefore, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will send a wasting
disease upon his sturdy warriors; under his pomp a fire will be kindled
like a blazing flame.17 The Light of Israel will become a fire, their Holy
One a flame; in a single day it will burn and consume his thorns and his
briers. 18 The splendor of his forests and fertile fields it will completely
destroy, as when a sick person wastes away.19 And the remaining trees of
his forests will be so few that a child could write them down.
1.Use imagination to read this passage with the appropriate tone of
voice and attitude of God and Assyrian King respectively.
2.Assyrian King’s problem is that he did not respect the limits or the
intention of God and acted in arrogance, as though God were not
the source of its might. In another word, he has taken the credit for
what was really God’s work. Therefore, Assyria is not being punished
for having the power God gave, but for its pride and misuse
of God-given power.
3.Have you ever taken the credit for what was really God’s work in
which you were merely an instrument? How do you actually practice
giving credit where credit is due?
Prayer & Journaling: Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse
with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down
any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.