15 Shall the ax boast itself against him that heweth therewith? 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!

I find these verses to be very comforting in an unusual way. In the world, we see so much wickedness, evil and destruction. Satan rules the world as his own kingdom. He boasts of his great power and prestige. The haughty rulers of the world likewise take great pride in their conquests and dominions. But this verse is a power reminder of who is truly in control. Those kingdoms are axes, blunt instruments, the Lord uses to accomplish his will. Ultimately, the destiny of mankind is not determined by the ill will of the axe, but by the divine plan of the one who holds the axe in his hands. And once the axe and the sword have done his will, they will be buried into plowshares. For God’s kingdom will prevail over all of the artificial kingdoms of the world. And all their schemes and plots will be for naught. For God will triumph over all.

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