Don’t leave God out of the equation

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.
Proverbs 21:30-31 (NIV)

Read:  Proverbs 21:1-21

Consider:  In today’s reading in Proverbs there is some advice relevant to this time of crisis in the world.

We’ve spoken before about doing what is right as Christians, particularly at a time when greed and self-centredness is so widespread in society.  In Proverbs 21:2-3 it says: A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart. To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.  It is easy for each of us to rationalise our actions by saying such things as ‘I need to protect my family’, or ‘I need to ensure that I have enough food in store to feed my family for the duration of this crisis’.  Can you see that each of us might have a tendency to think that what we are doing is justified, but God looks on the heart to discern our motives.  Can you also see that doing what is right is one thing, but it is also important to do what is just.  For us at this time it means that there should be fairness in the distribution of food and other necessities.  Of course this should be at all times, not just during a period of crisis.

There is a significant amount of preparation and planning going on in the world to avoid or reduce the impacts of the COVID-19 virus.  It is right and proper for this to happen, so as to minimise the loss of life that may result from the pandemic.  However, it is noticeable that in the broadcasts we hear from world leaders and others that there is little, or no, room for God.  Perhaps it would be a brave politician, world leader, healthcare worker or manager that would remind the people to turn to God at this time, in addition to the other advice being given.  Listen to what the writer of Proverbs says at the end of today’s reading: There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD. The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD (Proverbs 21:30-31).

By all means take necessary precautions to keep yourself and your family safe and secure, but don’t leave God out of the equation.

Pray:  Father, we thank you that you are passionately interested in the welfare of humanity, so passionate that you allowed your Son, Jesus, to come to earth and die in our place.  May our actions show that we really believe that the victory rests with the LORD.  Amen

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