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Pathways Through Proverbs
Daily Devotional

March 21, 2008

Today's Reading - Proverbs 21
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Proverbs
Chapter 21
  1. The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.
  2. Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the LORD pondereth the hearts.
  3. To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
  4. An high look, and a proud heart, and the plowing of the wicked, is sin.
  5. The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness; but of every one that is hasty only to want.
  6. The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a vanity tossed to and fro of them that seek death.
  7. The robbery of the wicked shall destroy them; because they refuse to do judgment.
  8. The way of man is froward and strange: but as for the pure, his work is right.
  9. It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
  10. The soul of the wicked desireth evil: his neighbour findeth no favour in his eyes.
  11. When the scorner is punished, the simple is made wise: and when the wise is instructed, he receiveth knowledge.
  12. The righteous man wisely considereth the house of the wicked: but God overthroweth the wicked for their wickedness.
  13. Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
  14. A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.
  15. It is joy to the just to do judgment: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.
  16. The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead.
  17. He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.
  18. The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, and the transgressor for the upright.
  19. It is better to dwell in the wilderness, than with a contentious and an angry woman.
  20. There is treasure to be desired and oil in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up.
  21. He that followeth after righteousness and mercy findeth life, righteousness, and honour.
  22. A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
  23. Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.
  24. Proud and haughty scorner is his name, who dealeth in proud wrath.
  25. The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.
  26. He coveteth greedily all the day long: but the righteous giveth and spareth not.
  27. The sacrifice of the wicked is abomination: how much more, when he bringeth it with a wicked mind?
  28. A false witness shall perish: but the man that heareth speaketh constantly.
  29. A wicked man hardeneth his face: but as for the upright, he directeth his way.
  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.


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Proverbs 21:31

"The horse is prepared against the day of battle: but safety is of the LORD. " - Proverbs 21: 31

 In this verse Solomon teaches where true safety is found. He opens by saying that people will prepare themselves in advance for the day of war. I do not believe that he is condemning readiness for anticipated problems, for in other portions of Proverbs Solomon encourages preparedness (Prov. 22:3). However, the king is revealing that being physically and materially equipped to fight against an enemy is not sufficient, for if the Lord does not fight the battle for us, then the battle will be lost.

 This principle is repeated throughout the Bible. In Psalm 20:7 we read,

"Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God."
The psalmist believed that it was wiser to trust in the power of God than in the power of the military. Isaiah 31:1 spells it out even more clearly:
"Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!"

 The tendency of all humans, even believers, is to try to solve their own problems with worldly elements. If we lack money, we turn to banks. If we lack health, we turn to doctors. If we lack church members, we turn to fleshly appeals to fill the pews. Yet our Lord tells us that He is the solution to our problems. He has the power to heal. He has the power to provide for our financial and material needs. He can fight off the enemy, and He can build our churches. Only He can truly solve our problems.

 Everything that the Christian needs is found in Jesus Christ. Let's spend more time improving our relationship with Him and less time improving our own personal defenses.

Pastor Mark J Montgomery

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