Road Rules | Proverbs 21:31 | Devotional
Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.
Okay, truth game. I am going to ask you a question. By the way, you don’t have to write the answer on your Facebook page for everyone to see and comment on. And you don’t have to include it in your blog. Keep this one just between you and God. And be honest…because, well, He pretty much knows your heart. Here is the question: What do you trust in? What do you really trust in? Let me offer what I think are some top ten answers.
- Hard work. If I work hard, I can achieve everything I want to achieve. Now, God is all about being a hard worker. But trusting in hard work alone is trusting in human effort.
- Degrees. I have to have a certain degree to do a certain thing that I want to do with my life. That’s pretty much true, but trusting in a degree alone is trusting in human achievement.
- Relationships. Some people pervert the richness of relationship into a need that leads them to do anything to be accepted, or loved, or needed. A trust in relationships to meet your need to be needed is trusting in a human being.
- Government. I love our country and participate fully as a citizen. But trust in government to keep me safe and fed is trusting in a human institution.
- Money. The emotion of the Great Depression is often described in one word—panic. The emotion of the recent downturn was not far from that same emotion. Jesus was clear that we cannot serve God and Money. Trust in money is trusting in a human economy.
Our proverb reminds us today that we are responsible to get the horse ready for battle. We work hard, earn the appropriate degrees, develop healthy relationships, pray and participate as a citizen, and use our money as a good steward. But we cannot trust in any of these things alone. Victory rests with the Lord. All of these things are “vain hope for deliverance; despite all [their] strength [they] cannot save” (Psalms 33:17). And certainly some will trust in “chariots and some in horses,” but for believers, “we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalms 20:7). Now, back to my question: What do you really trust in?
Father, I know the right answer, but sometimes it is so hard to follow-up with the right action. I know you are trustworthy, but I sometimes trust in other things to get what I think I need. As I “prepare the horse for battle” I sometimes forget where victory will come from. Forgive me. May my trust always be in you alone. In Jesus name. Amen.