Mon. June 21

A Proverb for your day.

Little Missouri River April 2006

Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.

It’s really simple. God is in control.

In the end, it’s going to be the way He wants it.

John Chancellor, longtime NBC anchor said it well,  “If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

This truth of the sovereignty of God shouldn’t irritate us. Rather, it gives peace.

God is in control. Nothing, or no one, will thwart his plans.

I think of three decisive battles in history.

Napoleon at Waterloo. Several minor changes in the positions of the warring armies decided the battle.  You know the rest of the story… Napoleon met his Waterloo, his empire crumbled, and he found himself exiled to St. Helena Island.

July 1863. The Battle of Gettysburg. I’ve studied it for all of my life.  Several events… Joshua Chamberlain and his Maine regiment holding Little Round Top… The Southern forces failure to take the high ground. Union forces digging in behind a stone wall before Pickett’s Charge.

Gettysburg was the decisive battle of the war and a nation’s destiny was changed.

Midway Island.  1942.   In a few short minutes in what was a “fluke,” United States planes sink three Japanese aircraft carriers and the entire direction of the Pacific War changes.


Each of these examples show that the most prepared, largest force doesn’t always prevail. In the end, God’s will is done. Proverbs 21:31 assures us of that.

It doesn’t have to be a decisive battle in history to illustrate God’s sovereignty. He displays it daily in our lives.

We can rest assured that He’s in control.

That’s something I want to know as I live this day. June 21, 2010

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