Isaiah 17 – A Workman’s Hands

Pride in achievement can be a double-edged sword. Yes, it can inspire and encourage to greater things, but at the same time, it can cause the head to swell and become too large to enter the kingdom of Heaven. How do you handle success?

“At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and his eyes shall have respect to the Holy One of Israel.  And he shall not look to the altars, the work of his hands, neither shall respect that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.” (Isaiah 17:7, 8)


After achievement is gained, many are like the king of Babylon, who boasts, “Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?” As if it was not the Lord that endowed him with the strength and ability to carry out their plans. Like the proud king, we read:

“Thou hast forgotten the God of thy salvation, and hast not been mindful of the rock of thy strength.” (Isaiah 17:10)

It is God that gives us the power to attain wealth, position, or any achievement; and we should always recognize Him, not only in lip service, but also in carrying out enterprises of love, even as Christ did for us.

May we never forget the Source of our ability,

Jeffrey Maxwell

Scripture portions quoted from the King James Version. Public Domain.


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