Daily D – Proverbs 21:30-31
No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD. The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD. PROVERBS 21:30-31 (NLT)
The trails where we walk and ride, and used to run, pass a home where the owner had a new Chevy Camaro with the vanity license plate YDLOSE (You Would Lose). He was confident in both his vehicle and his skills. If you were to race him, he promises you would lose. He doesn’t have that car anymore. I wonder if he lost it somehow?
There are those who are esteemed or who esteem themselves as smarter, better, faster than everyone else. You could probably think of a couple of people who the media fawn over and about whom they gush. These people light up social media feeds and keep people talking.
The Camaro speedster and this decade’s Smartest Guy Alive both need to be seen through the lenses of these two verses.
Complementary truths are at work in these side-by-side statements. They are Don’t fight with God and Don’t fight without him.
Before Camaro Guy came along, and long after he is gone, God is the one you do not want to fight against. Ask Egypt or Assyria or Babylon. The list goes on and on. Ultimately, all people everywhere will kneel before him, some willingly and joyfully, others in defeat and dread.
Don’t fight with God. YDLOSE.
Prepare well for the battlefields of your life. Among these are physical, intellectual, emotional, relational, spiritual, and financial battles. Each requires focused attention, determined growth, and measurable development. Each of these also requires God’s wisdom and perspective.
Don’t fight without God. YDLOSE.
If you want to live a winning life, always take God’s side. Always seek God’s wisdom. Never go anywhere you are not confident is consistent with God’s truth. How can we do that? Day by day, season after season, spend time alone with God reading his Word, the Bible, and prayerfully doing what he says to do. Spend time with others on the same journey seeking the same outcome. Learn from each others’ successes and failures. What will probably happen? YDWIN.
I will not fight with God, and I will not fight without him.
Our Father, you are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. I am not. I cannot fight against you. Why would I? What you want for me is better than anything I could desire for myself. I want what you want and nothing less. I will not fight any battle apart from your direction and without your guidance. Few battles are worth fighting. Those which are require more than I can muster on my own. I will not fight with you, and I will not fight without you. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.