Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Is It Victory?

"For By Strength Shall No Man Prevail."

A clash of wills? Time to thump the chest? Ego-massaging rhetoric and moves? What works, and what is the path to victory? The end that we attain has a path to it--a path to victory and success, a path to failure and defeat. They are actual paths, which show in attitudes of heart, in utterances, and actions. 
When the Bible tells us that  "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall" (Prov. 16:18), it is not referring to pride and haughtiness as walking on two legs, but that real people are walking, speaking, and  acting with the legs and view of pride and haughtiness, which end will be failure and destruction.

God's Word looks at man's condition and says, "For By Strength Shall No Man Prevail" (1 Sam 1:9). Let the most powerful also be the most fearful, unless, of course, their strength comes from the Lord. And unless their trust is in the Lord. So, we are told again, in the Bible, "Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord" (1 Cor 1:31)
Is it not futile for any human being who has no power to control what happens between the time of his boastfulness and the following hour to boast? Can anyone boast, who has no power to control even the things happening in their own lives?


Why boast in the name of the Lord alone? Because it is the only assurance of safety and victory. When the troubles come, human possessions sometimes become meaningless, and by an act of God can become totally meaningless. Huge earthly wealth guarantees you have more bread and butter than your poor neighbor, no doubt. But there is no assurance whatsoever, that you can continue to own the things you own now.
You have power to Lord it over others? You have been so "successful" you dictate what happens in the lives of others? The arm of flesh will fail you, and will fail disastrously. God has given no such power to anyone, it is why dictators and despots seize power. The reason is that even dictators see and understand the limits of their power, but who are unable to stop until they are stopped.
You are one of the high and mighty, you have conquered the world by the might of your arsenal, it's either your way or no way. There's an answer.
While you were bemused by the size of your loot, and by the craftiness bringing it to be, and while you gloried in your ill-gotten wealth, God--the Lord God of All Creation gave freedom to the oppressed, and they became free. Now they tell you how to live a righteous life, because no one shall succeed, and none shall prosper by thumping their chest and by boasting about their own greatness. 

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