Wednesday, July 24, 2019

God Is Sovereign

“NO! NO! NO!” How many times have parents scolded their children with those three negative warnings? Index finger-pointing, a furrowed scowl on their brow, and a stern warning in their voice to “stop this very instant.” Whether or not the threat works the first, second or third time may well depend on the determination of the parent or the will of the child.
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord” is a powerful statement. Throughout Proverbs, wisdom and insight and plans have had their source in and from God. Here it is quite different. Solomon is warning anyone who wants to challenge God’s sovereignty to realize that it is a futile battle. He does not say “there is no insight, wisdom or plan” in a combined statement He emphasizes each one - specifically - by preceding it with “NO!”
Whatever we devise apart from God will ultimately and completely fail. We may have carefully and completely researched the steps to achieve our goal. But it will never replace God’s wisdom, and when applied or put into action, it will not succeed.
Apart from God, everything - including wisdom, insight, and plans - will be incomplete. Only in Him and through Him and with Him will whatever we do be complete and succeed. What we say and think, research and reason, talk about and work on will have its flaws. And it is not because God wants us to fail. It is because He demands that we depend completely on Him.
Attempting to do anything without humility, feelings of inadequacy, and complete dependence on God, cannot or will not be as successful as it could be with His wisdom and insight. We can expect His blessings if we acknowledge our need for Him to be at the heart of all we do. Apart from Him, we have no hope to achieve what He has planned for our lives.
PrayerLord, if we are honest with ourselves, then with You, we will admit that whatever we do will be incomplete or inadequate. Help us always to depend on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord. 

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