August 7 – What a Relief!

Proverbs 21: 31 (NLT)
“The horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.”

 “Do your best, prepare for the worst—
then trust God to bring victory.” (The Message)

I like what this verse means. Lots of preparation goes into the battle plans, but the outcome is really left up to the Lord.

We don’t just sit around doing nothing and wait for God to do everything. We clean our homes, make good meals, dress our kids nicely, make sure they get all the medical attention they need, make sure they have friends to play with, take them to activities that we think will help them develop well, teach them about God, discipline them so they understand rules and good behaviour, assign them chores to develop their sense of responsibility, and on and on we go. Doesn’t that list make you tired?

At our jobs, we look for ways to be more efficient. We enroll in training to update our skills. We look for ways to get a promotion so we can ‘up’ our standard of living. If we are the owners of our business, we look for ways to make it more profitable. We look to hire good people.

At our church, we have committees that assess the programs we have. Is there a way to do things better? Is there a way to attract people to our church? How can we encourage spiritual growth in the congregation? How can our church help our community, our world?

We are made in the image of God. Genesis 1: 26 – 28 says:
“Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
27 So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

God made us to be creative and plan things. We were given the earth to “reign over”. So, there is nothing wrong with all of our planning and preparation. But what we must realize is that God is the one who provides the victory. What does that mean?

Pray. Pray. Pray.
Seek God’s will and then give God all the credit and all the glory.

Our song for today is Great Things by Phil Wickham

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