When we talk about tools, we typically think of what is in the toolbox in the garage. We can all name the basics like screwdrivers and hammers, but what about an impact driver, ball peen hammer, a triple tap or a dogleg reamer? When our office copier broke down and the repair person came, he laid out a spread of tools that I had never seen before. There are crazy-named and funny-looking tools, but all serve a purpose. My father-in-law used to say that tools for him were like fine jewelry to some folks…you could never have too much. Tools are simply devices or implements used to carry out a particular function. There is no way that any person could ever know, much less know how to use, every tool available.
If you think about it, every single thing that we do, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually – all utilize tools. There are therapists, educators and healers in every area mentioned, each with their own toolboxes, intended to help people reach or return to maximum function in any category.
In the Christian life, we have an armament of tools:
- The Bible – our instruction manual
- Prayer – our helpline
- Wise Counsel – those who can offer a more educated and/or experienced perspective on life situations
- People – family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers, who impact our lives in ways that teach us lessons about God and ourselves that no book or professional ever could
These tools are great things to help us come to and stay close to the Lord. But occasionally, no matter how well-intentioned, self-disciplined, or God-focused we are, there come situations that we have no tools for. Oh, we try. But they throw us for a loop and everything we know goes right out the window. We doubt we lose hope, we get angry, we try to manipulate and control people or situations, we medicate – and we fail.
God reminds us in scripture over and over that He is the God who has done and will do things that our mind cannot fathom, to reveal Himself to His people. His toolbox contains things that we cannot dream up! In Isaiah 40: 12-31 and Job 38-41 God Himself gives us a few things to ponder about who He is in contrast to we humans:
Job – God asks him some interesting questions to see if Job compares to God in any way:
- Where were you when I [Almighty God] laid the earth’s foundations? (38:4)
- What is the way to the place where lightening is dispersed…? (38:24)
- Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind? (38:36)
- Does the eagle soar at your command…? (39:27)
- Everything under heaven belongs to me. (41:11)
Isaiah 40 – descriptors of the Lord
- [He] has measured the waters [in the universe] in the hollow of His hand, and with the breadth of His hand [He] marked off the heavens (v.12)
- He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth (v. 22)
- He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. (v. 22)
- He brings out the starry host one-by-one, and calls the each by name. (v.26)
- He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (v.29)
God’s toolbox trumps ours every time. When we are out of tools to try to effectively navigate a situation, God has tools that our brain and our power cannot hold a candle to. My favorite example is God SPLITTING THE SEA when His people were doomed. (Exodus 14:21-31) He utilized an unimaginable tool of deliverance when His people had nothing.
Let us not give up hope, ever. God, the Mighty and Majestic, the Everlasting and Powerful, the Creator and Savior, has a toolbox we know not of. He can fix what we deem hopeless. Where have you run out of tools?