– Mary A. LaClair

Isa 10:15

“Is the axe to boast itself over the one who chops with it?

Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?

That would be like club wielding those who lift it,

Or like rod lifting him who is not wood.        NASU

It is important in God’s eyes that we acknowledge Him.

We should applaud athletes, sportsmen and others who find themselves in the public eye when they openly acknowledge God for they are setting an example of the secret of success which America’s leaders need to implement within Government, just as our forefathers have. It has been an ingredient to America’s success. The removal of the acknowledgment of God is leading to the downfall of America.

Again in the New Testament, is a Scripture which still puzzles people today (Matthew 7:23). It is where some of those who work miracles will be told by God “Go away, I never knew you” – and it is not because they work miracles, it is because they “self-exalt” wishing to take credit for themselves by saying, “Didn’t WE do many miracles in your name?”,  when it is God who actually works the miracles – as we  follow His plans. There is a price to pay for taking to one-self the credit for God’s works and for down-playing God.

The axe is not more important than the man who swings it.

Matt 7:22-23

 “Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’   And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’  NKJV

The axe spoke to God and said ‘..have WE not done many wonders’.   Yes, God may have honored His Name; but He will not let the axe take the credit.

Num 20:10-11

 “Listen now, you rebels; shall we bring forth water for you out of this rock?”   NASU.

Did you catch the WE in this one also?

“Shall the axe vaunt itself over him who hews with it,                                                       or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?                                                          As if a rod should wield him who lifts it                                                                             or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!                                                            Therefore the Lord, the LORD of hosts,                                                                          will send wasting sickness among his stout warriors,                                                     and under his glory a burning will be kindled, like the burning of fire.”                                                              Isaiah 10:15-16 (RSV)

Are YOU doing God’s work; or is God doing the work through you, using you as a tool in His hand? Will we be like an axe which stands before the man who swings it, saying, “Look, see what I, the axe, have done by my power”?     Food for thought here.

If you were the lumberman, and the axe spoke to you like that, what would you say or do to that type of axe?

Will God be justified when He says ‘Go away’ to those who claim the credit for themselves for what God Himself did using their hands or their money?

Let us ask ourselves where we fit in that picture.

Do you think a good reply to a compliment we receive might be, “To God Be The Glory!” ??

Or might we just say, depending upon our works;  “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”;    “We can plant a seed, God makes it grow”;   “An axe is not greater than the man who swings it”;   and thus decline the glory for ourselves, rendering it properly to God.

Look at the sportsmen who do this so well, and have their works prospered, when God knows He gets the credit. God and man working together is a powerful combination.


Something, dear reader, I hope we will all think about.

Thanks for reading, and may God bless and prosper YOUR work as you give Him the honors for making it possible.


“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD.”

814 words – by Mary A. LaClair

America has taken note of Tim Tibow’s big success in football. But have they really taken enough serious note of to Whom he gives the credit and thanks for these world re-known successes? I believe that God is using sportsmen to teach America the principles of success and victory when facing opposing forces.

America has taken note of what the news calls “Lin-Sanity”, the unusual success by basketball star Jeremy Lin —  Lin, with some of his team mates, openly gives credit and thanks to the God of the Bible for these surprising accomplishments. I’m glad the news recognizes it as a very sane thing to do, for indeed it is.

There is strength in numbers and a triple cord is not easily broken. Let’s go for the third.

America was able to take note of horse jockey Pat Day’s lengthy success, and was able to take note to Whom he gives credit and thanks for his many successes.

I believe that these three athletes are given to us for just a few National examples of what God can do when we walk in His ways and give Him the resulting credit – and that does not mean just lip service. It is clear that these athletes truly know something that too many politicians no longer wish to employ.

On a National basis, I believe that America’s blessings could, and would, be restored, with generations of disaster averted, by electing leaders who acknowledge the Lord as He should properly be acknowledged. This includes living a moral God honoring life in private as well as in public.

“Blessed is the Nation whose God is the LORD.”  Psalm 33:12

We sang God Bless America on the Capitol steps on September 11, 2001. Why should God bless America, when America does not bless God, but instead actually entertains those who wish to eliminate from the Nation all references to Almighty God, upon Whom this free Nation was founded and successfully built?

Not by co-incidence, the Bible reveals, in reverse, some consequences of not giving credit to God. Moses and Aaron, in striking the rock, instead of speaking to it, asked the people if THEY themselves had to bring water from the rock. Not acknowledging God as the source and provider of bringing water from the rock, they instead preferred to honor themselves in the eyes of the people. (Numbers 20:6-12) Because of this they were not allowed to enter the physical promised land. America has been the physical promised land for many people, but she could lose that status by ignoring honor to God and His directions. Steps in that direction are already well under way and progressing even further.

Our enemies know they need only remove the one ingredient which has made us great – reference to Almighty God. Under the guise of ‘multi-culturalism’ and ‘tolerance’ other countries are forcing introduction of many false gods into America, with the result that America is floundering.

Confirmed in the New Testament, Herod preferred to receive the praises of the people rather than to give credit to the Lord. The consequence was that Herod was eaten by worms and died; not that he died and was eaten by worms. (Acts 12:21-24) He may as well have been a resident of a third world country, and by denying God, he placed himself therein by relativity and suffered the consequences.

Third world countries do not receive protection or provision for themselves from their false gods. One only need look at nations full of hunger, disease and mistreatment and try to identify their impotent gods.

God’s next lessons for America might not be as kind and gentle as they are right now. Right now, through these sportsmen, God is giving the world an example of positive reinforcement; but how many in this Nation are themselves denying these notices? The next example could be through undeniable pain and lack. And the stepping stones are already in place for that.

Will we dare to again show that this is One Nation Under God, and a Nation which acknowledges dependence upon Him and His favor?  Will we learn from the example of these brave and bold sportsmen whom God has given as an example and whose actions and victories are seen by the whole world?

God is a Merciful God but He is also a Just God; for without justice, there is no mercy; mercy from what? Are we (or our leaders) about to face divine justice for eliminating Him with His instructions from the public square, in favor of recognition of themselves above the recognition of God, the Father of this Nation?

Through these American sportsmen and athletes, God is giving this Nation’s leaders visible proof of what He desires to do in America when we once again openly acknowledge Him; but His patience does not last forever.