Proverbs 20
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Proverbs 21

Prov 21

Victory Rests With The Lord

Scripture

Proverbs 21:31

The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
    but victory rests with the Lord.

Observation/Understanding

As I read this, stories throughout scripture began to flood my mind; stories that show that God is the one who determines victory. These stories prove that it’s not the size of the army or the skill of the warrior that makes the difference. Consider a few:

  • David & Goliath. A young man, too young to go out with the army, with no armor or battle experience vs. a giant who had  the best armor and weapons at his disposal and who was an experienced fighter from his youth. The young man defeated the giant because the Lord was with him.
  • Samson & 1,000 Philistines. With a donkey’s jawbone, Samson killed 1,000 men because the Lord was with him.
  • Gideon & the Midianite army. Gideon and 300 men defeated an army that was so large scripture says they had more camels than sand on the seashore, much less soldiers! They had victory because the Lord was with them.

We can work hard, plan wisely, and have the best human resources at our disposal, but victory and success is up to the Lord.

Consider the following verses:

Psalm 147:10-11 10 His pleasure is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights in those who fear him,
    who put their hope in his unfailing love.

Proverbs 20:7  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.

It doesn’t matter how strong we are, how wise we are, much money we have, how secure we think our job is, what connections we have, etc. God is the one who ultimately decides the outcome of every situation, big or small. He is the one who gives us victory. He is the one who provides. He is the one who protects. He is the one who saves.

Life Application

Trust in God!

Lord, forgive me for the times I trust in myself, my preparation, my wisdom, and anything else aside from you. My life and the outcome of every situation is in your hands. I put my trust in you and your unfailing love for me. May your hand rest upon us your church to walk in victory over sin and darkness and to usher in your kingdom on earth. Amen.

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