Proverbs 21:16-31

Dec 1, 2023    Pastor Daryl Zachman

“There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the LORD.” (Proverbs 21:30, NKJV)

There is a certain comfort in knowing that nothing will ultimately prevail over God’s will. I don’t always make the best decisions. I study the Word and pray. I seek the counsel of others. I try not to make snap decisions but to give matters ample consideration. Nevertheless, I don’t always make the best decision. What do I do then? I humble myself and rest in the sovereignty of God. He will have His way. He will accomplish His purposes. He will even redeem my mistakes and use them for His glory. He works all things together for our good.

But some people resist His will. They think that they are right, and anyone who deviates from their opinion is wrong. I think of the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day. They thought they knew better. They prided themselves in knowing the Scriptures. But Jesus saw through them.

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.” (Matthew 23:23, NKJV)

Their priorities were wrong, and their arguments amounted to noise. They did nothing to hinder God’s purpose in sending His Son into the world to save sinners.

Do you feel that others are hindering God’s work or opposing you? Then throw yourself onto the LORD and pray for them. God will still have His way and accomplish His work. He will even use them to form Christ in you. He resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.