“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.”
Proverbs 21:30-31 (NIV)
Do you believe that God is sovereign? Or, do you think that people can override God’s plans and purposes?
If you’re unsure about the answer, Solomon laid it out for us in two verses: Proverbs 21:30-31. We can plan all we want, and we can fear the evil that happens around us, but ultimately we must trust that the Lord is in control of all of the things that concern us, and that in the end it is his purposes that prevail. In the same way, in anything we undertake for the Lord, the credit for the victory belongs to him alone.
Even a cursory glance at what is happening in the world can be disturbing, frustrating and disappointing, but the end of the story is triumph for the Lord. We have to remember to live with eyes of faith. The Lord knows and sees what we cannot, so we must remember to trust his promises. Revelation 17:14 tells us, “They will make war on the Lamb, and the Lamb will conquer them, for he is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those with him are called and chosen and faithful.” (ESV) It can’t be said much clearer than that! Jesus is the true victor, and as his followers we will be with him and share in his victory!
In the Bible, Joseph is a perfect example of someone who understood the importance of relying on God rather than his circumstances. He was sold into slavery by his brothers, imprisoned in Egypt, falsely accused of attacking his boss’ wife, promoted and demoted, forgotten after helping someone, and eventually remembered and promoted again. He never grumbled against his boss or his brothers, and when he was reunited with his brothers, he said, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (Genesis 50:20 NIV) Joseph understood that God was in control, and that it was his purposes which would prevail. He also understood the idea behind Romans 8:28, which assures us that God will work all things, even those things intended for evil, to his good purposes.
When thoughts of despair creep in, remember the end of the story is the Lord’s victory over evil. All who try to prevail in their own strength will ultimately find defeat. Psalm 20:7 says, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” (ESV) In Solomon’s days, horses, if trained correctly, could be the deciding factor in overtaking an enemy in a battle. But, as Solomon wisely noted, all the trained horses in the world could not win a battle if it wasn’t part of God’s plan.
What are the “horses” in your life that you need to let go of in order to help you trust God more?
Pray through your fears, disappointments and frustrations. Seek out God’s promises in his word. Claim those promises for your situation and live in freedom as you walk in faith!