Daily Devotional for August 2
God's Wisdom for Daily Living
Devotional ScriptureProverbs 21:30-31 (KJV):
30 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.
31 The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD.
Proverbs 21:30-31 (AMP):
30 There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel (that can prevail) against the Lord.
31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance and victory are of the Lord.
Thought for the Day
Verse 30 - No matter how brilliant a man's plan against God may be, it will not prevail. Man is mortal; he makes mistakes and faces uncontrollable events. Every plan of man is subject to change, cancellation, or destruction. None of man's wisdom and understanding is any match for the Lord. "For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (1 Corinthians 1:19-20). All plans of God are guaranteed success, as Romans 8:31b says: "If God be for us, who can be against us?"
"But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy" (James 3:15-17). Man's wisdom is based on selfishness, while God's wisdom is pure and impartial. God calls each of us to die to our own desires and ways and live according to His. How wonderful it would be if we would all trust God and obey His Word!
Verse 31 - The horse symbolizes a country's strength in warfare. It is not wrong to prepare an army for the defense of a nation, because we live in a world of evil men and we must be prepared to protect ourselves. This is true for all emergency situations. We should be prepared in case something happens. Because of man's propensity to error, and because we live in a fallen world, we make mistakes that can create the need to instigate emergency measures. However, we should remember that our real protection comes from God. Ultimately, no matter how formidable a battle looks, and no matter how well prepared we might be, the outcome and victory of that battle rests in our faith in the Lord and His capabilities.
"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance…There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man is not delivered by much strength. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength" (Psalm 33:12; Psalm 33:16-17).
Prayer Devotional for the DayDear heavenly Father, thank you for Your protection and blessing upon us in this land. Forgive us for the many ways in which we have failed You and sinned against You. Lord, I am reminded of Psalms 20:7 which says, "Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God." Dear Lord, I voice my trust in You, and declare that we shall be delivered as a nation! Bring revival to our land and heal us. Work in my own heart, and give me a more sacrificing spirit that will give up things I want to do and do only Your will. Let revival begin in me. I ask this in the name of the Lord, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Your lamb shall be without blemish, ... and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it, ... and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. The blood of sprinkling. Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. Being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God. According to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.
We have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
Revelation 13:8; Exodus 12:5-7; Exodus 12:13; Hebrews 12:24; 1 Corinthians 5:7; Acts 2:23; 2 Timothy 1:9; Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 4:1-2
Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? He saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree. Being made a curse for us.
O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory. Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.
O my soul, thou hast trodden down strength. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. They overcame by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.
Isaiah 63:3; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 59:16; 1 Peter 2:24; Galatians 3:13; Psalm 98:1; Colossians 2:15; Isaiah 53:11; Judges 5:21; Romans 8:37; Revelation 12:11