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Are some nations just tools in God’s hands?

“Woe to the Assyrian, the rod of my anger,
    in whose hand is the club of my wrath!
I send him against a godless nation,
    I dispatch him against a people who anger me,
to seize loot and snatch plunder,
    and to trample them down like mud in the streets.
But this is not what he intends,
    this is not what he has in mind;
his purpose is to destroy,
    to put an end to many nations.
‘Are not my commanders all kings?’ he says. Isaiah 10:5-8
Does the ax raise itself above the person who swings it,
    or the saw boast against the one who uses it?
As if a rod were to wield the person who lifts it up,
    or a club brandish the one who is not wood! Isaiah 10:15
            God spoke to Isaiah about using Assyria to punish the ten-tribe nation of Israel.  Assyria thought it was in control of its own destiny.  That was not true.  They were just a saw, an ax, a club to be used to punish Israel for its sins and then it was going to be tossed away.
            Every nation today is still used by God for his purposes.  That includes the evil nations who seem bent on destruction.  Their power is limited according to what God will allow.