“No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel
can avail against the Lord.
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:30-31 ESV)
In our last meditation in the Book of Proverbs, we observed that “God is in control” (21:1-12). Solomon ties the truth of God’s sovereignty into the practical precepts he offers his sons. This method of instruction is helpful for the believer as we desperately need eternal truth to strengthen us to do God’s will. Because God is in control, I have what I need to live as a wise child of God.
Not everyone is so inclined to delight in God’s sovereignty, however. In fact, from the inception of creation, a battle has raged for the highest throne in the universe. Even in the heavenly realm, Satan tried to usurp God’s authority, but was cast out of heaven because of his rebellion. Such satanic rebelliousness is not limited to the devil; the human race, being corrupted with sin, has tried to dethrone the Almighty and put man in his place. Throughout history, man has attempted to fight against God, his people, and his truth. But, as Solomon reminds his sons, “No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the Lord.”
Satan failed. Cain failed. Pharaoh failed. Herod failed. Judas failed. Nero failed. Certainly God used each of his enemies for his own purposes, but their attempts to blot out the name of God or to kill off the heritage of his people failed each and every time. Even the grave failed, as Christ rose victorious over death!
Why do these enemies fail? The answer is not in the people of God, but in the God of the people. Israel did not have better armies, better technologies, or better weapons. In fact, “the horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.” God is the sole reason why the nation of Israel can endure so much at the hands of her enemies and yet remain preserved unto the coming of the Messiah. God is the sole reason why the church has endured centuries of persecution and yet the gates of Hades cannot prevail against it. God’s acts in history are consistent with his character – he is eternally powerful, sovereign, and good and therefore he will always win the battle.