When the Lord goes out to battle, there is no scheme or strategy of mankind that could ever succeed against Him. Ever since the fall of man Satan has schemed and battled to gain the upper hand in the heavenly realms, through leading mankind into deeper and deeper sin. But the ultimate conclusion of history is already secured, because Jesus personally overcame Satan and all his works at the cross.
Mankind may do whatever he wants to promote his own abilities and make man himself the object of his own idolatry, but all that man does when he declares himself wise in his own eyes is demonstrate how foolish and deluded and insignificant he really is! As the Psalmist said in Psalm 19 ‘the heavens declare the glory of God’. The whole universe is in the palms of His hands.
People may think they can ignore God’s commandments, as has been happening on an ever increasing scale through the passing of increasingly ungodly laws by the governments of the world. People may think they can make vast amounts of money through very ungodly means without consequence, but ‘a fortune made with a lying tongue is a fleeting vapour and a deadly snare’ (Proverbs 21:6). But people and governments forget that one day there will be a reckoning and those who have despised the law of the Lord will hang their heads in shame when they realise what they have done and what judgment they have brought upon themselves.
So, as you think about the Scripture for today, I pray you will want to give thanks for the ultimate victory that Jesus won at Calvary and resolve never to stand against God in any way – victory always rests with Him!
Prayer: Help me, Lord, never to take a stand against You in anything. I recognise the futility of thinking that man can ever overcome You in any way. Please forgive me for the times when I have done things in rebellion against You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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