Thought for the Day
Verse 30 – No matter how brilliant a man’s plan against God may be, it will not prevail. Man is mortal; he makes mistakes and faces uncontrollable events. Every plan of man is subject to change, cancellation, or destruction. None of man’s wisdom and understanding is any match for the Lord. “For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20). All plans of God are guaranteed success, as Romans 8:31b says: “If God be for us, who can be against us?”
“But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:15-17). Man’s wisdom is based on selfishness, while God’s wisdom is pure and impartial. God calls each of us to die to our own desires and ways and live according to His. How wonderful it would be if we would all trust God and obey His Word!
Verse 31 – The horse symbolizes a country’s strength in warfare. It is not wrong to prepare an army for the defense of a nation, because we live in a world of evil men and we must be prepared to protect ourselves. This is true for all emergency situations. We should be prepared in case something happens. Because of man’s propensity to error, and because we live in a fallen world, we make mistakes that can create the need to instigate emergency measures. However, we should remember that our real protection comes from God. Ultimately, no matter how formidable a battle looks, and no matter how well prepared we might be, the outcome and victory of that battle rests in our faith in the Lord and His capabilities.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance…There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength” (Psalm 33:12; Psalm 33:16-17).