30 There is no wisdom or understanding
Or counsel against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
But deliverance is of the Lord.
From the beginning of time people have expressed their independence from God. In our independence we think that we can tell God what we think and that He should listen to our advice. When life doesn’t go the way we think it should, we are quick to tell God our counsel with full expectation that God should and will listen to us.
In Hebrews 11 we are taught that God is pleased when we live by faith in Him. Living by faith really means that we accept Gods’ wisdom, God’s understanding and God’s counsel against our own. Proverbs 3:5-6 gives us similar instruction. “In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.” But these are all acts of faith which will go against our human logic, emotions, and will.
Verse 31 follows letting us know that regardless of how good we prepare; deliverance and safety is of the Lord. We plan, we prepare, God takes care of us. Since God is able to deliver us, He is completely trustworthy. Both verses point to the reality of placing our faith in God. From the first day of our salvation, we become people of faith. God calls us to trust Him more and more living in greater submission to His wisdom and counsel. As people of faith, this makes sense to us and we live trusting our wise and understanding Lord.
We were with Caleb and Lindsey last week and the internet there was not consistent so I was not able to publish any devotionals. Caleb and Lindsey are doing great and loving their teaching especially as they have become friends with their students. Three young men from Sri Lanka made lunch for us one day and it was a joy to get to know them. We also went out (at different times) with six of their friends enjoying hot pot one night and barbecue another. Bobbi was able to go to classes with them and really enjoyed participating with the individual instruction. We shared Christmas together and Christmas presents while Caleb made us his own special pizza. The university they teach at has a beautiful campus and they are quite secure there. We left very thankful for our time together.
Yesterday’s message was taken from the genealogy of Christ in Matthew 1. We saw how God, in His perfect plan, put some very imperfect and messed up people in the line of His Son. You might want to take some time to listen to this one. Check out the link below.
Have a great day in the Lord,