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    The Folly of Speculations and Counsel Against the Lord

    "There is no wisdom and no understanding and no counsel against the Lord" - Prov 22:30

    The wicked go about the earth in defiance of God, raising up speculations against the truth of His Person, but no human exertion or "wisdom" can bring down the knowledge of God, or stand before Him. It is all folly in light of His infinite wisdom and omniscience. The sovereignty of God over the king's heart, his armies and all the affairs and plans of men is established. The Lord turns the kings heart wherever He wishes, like channels of water (Prov 21:1). The Horse is prepared for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord (v. 31).

    Even the most wise and upright man cannot complete his plans independent of the sovereign Lord and his invincible Word. God always, and without exception, has the final say. If one has victory (or loss) it is ultimately by the hand of the Lord, and thus we should rest in his most wise and sovereign counsel and plan. Give God glory and the full majesty and weight due His name. There is no other. The best of human wisdom and ingenuity is as nothing, and we are but grasshoppers before Him. Nonetheless, the foolishness of man takes up his battle array against Him, seeking out all wisdom, counsel and strategy at his disposal to take down the knowledge of God. Human wisdom is useful only when put into proper perspective, that is, when it arouses fear and trembling at His Word. In light of the infinite wisdom of God, man's autonomous wisdom is but folly. The greatest skill of man used against the Lord will ironically, in the end, only be used to bring down human autonomy.

    This great contrast is the picture of the warhorse (shown in the Bible) that when used in battle, is a reflection of man's wisdom. Man takes the initiative, he uses counsellors, wisdom, armor and violence but the outcome of his exertions are always with the Lord. Only a fool could think otherwise.

    We ought therefore to utilize the tools of wisdom God has granted us at our disposal, but we should not trust in them. We should work with all our might to cast forth the seed of the gospel, to destroy vain speculations that set themselves up against the knowledge of the Lord, but we must not simply trust in our own efforts or wisdom for victory. That would be the idolatry of pagans. The victory is the Lord's. He will determine the outcome when these tools are used. In spite of insurmountable odds, the Lord will be victorious through the church, that is, the church who aligns with His redemptive will and plan. Christ builds his church through those who yield to and put on the wisdom of the Lord, those who abide in Him.

    "A wise man scales the city of the mighty, and brings down the stronghold in which they trust." (v.22).

    Posted by John on May 20, 2006 12:08 PM

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