I came across a fallen beech tree that would provide great firewood for the cast-iron stove in our cabin. My chainsaw cut it neatly into logs about 18 inches long. But these 20-inch diameter pieces still needed to be split. So I began to swing my ax. Nothing happened—except that the blade got stuck in the wood. My ax was sharp, but it wasn’t heavy enough to split that kind of wood.

After an hour of frustration, I drove to the hardware store and purchased a larger, heavier tool called a splitting maul. It has an ax blade on one side of the head and a sledgehammer on the other. With the right tool, I soon had a nice stack of split firewood drying for the next year.

Sometimes I try to get God’s work done by using the wrong tool. I’m great at giving my opinion in helping someone solve a problem, but often not much happens until I search out and apply God’s truth to the situation.

Jeremiah condemned the false prophets in Israel because they were using the wrong tools—their own words, dreams, and visions—to influence and lead the people rather than God’s direct revelation (Jer. 23:16,25-27,31-32).

Let’s do the Lord’s work with the right tool—the power and authority of the Word of the living God.