Proverbs in 365 Devotions
Proverbs 21:30 No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord. 31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Why God Broke The Universe
Today Solomon shares with us an iron clad truth about God and then gives us an example which we can receive application from for our every day life.
First off in verse 30 tells us we cannot outwit or strategize or manipulate God. We cannot trick him or hide our motives from him. We cannot set a trap for him or find some work around in his word that would keep us from facing just judgment. Gods word is not like the hundreds of thousands of pages legal codes and regulations such as IRS tax laws where one might try to find a loophole so one might escape the intent of the law. There are no loopholes against the Lord.
Psalm 2:1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against his Anointed, saying, 3 “Let us burst their bonds apart and cast away their cords from us.” 4 He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord holds them in derision.
And the truth is… when we search for peace and strive for satisfaction from the things of the world… When our confidence comes from the sophisticated air power and high yield destruction capabilities of our armed forces… Or more to our daily life… when our confidence comes from our job, our money, looks, popularity etc… We are trusting in our own arsenal of weapons to survive in a broken world… But actually… all of our weapons for victory are broken weapons.
The truth is that we are blessed not by fighting the system… not by overcoming the brokenness of a world cursed because of sin… We could never scratch the surface to do that ourselves. How can we fight a system that God created and put in place? We cant! And yes he was the one who broke the Universe but he did it because of mankind sin; and he did it for his own glory… and he did it to show us our brokenness and futility… And he did it so we might look to him in faith with repentance and joy. He is the one who gives us victory over the brokenness that God brought because of sin.
Romans 8:20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
So we in ourselves cannot be triumphant in a broken world because we cannot avail against the Lord.
Verse 31 gives us an example for application which we already touched on. It speaks of not trusting in worldly might in war… namely the horse. Solomon gives us the reason; he says: “the victory belongs to the Lord”.
Solomon may have read his father King Davids writings. In Psalm chapter 20 verse 7 he wrote: Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
I want to read a few verses related to this which I love out of Isaiah.
Isaiah 31:1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!
Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. … 14 Fear not, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel! I am the one who helps you, declares the Lord; your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.