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May 15 – The Real Strength

“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 24:5,6

Devotional Thought For The Day

As a young child full of energy and athleticism I was often frustrated by the clever strategizing of others around me. I quickly recognized that wisdom and knowledge trump sheer brute strength and physical abilities. I thought of this as a complexity that didn’t need to be, a dynamic that leveled the playing field. It took a while, but eventually I learned that technique and strategy more often overcome mere strength – although this is not always the case.  I guess I should have paid more attention to the account of David and Goliath, and taken it to heart.

In that the wisdom and knowledge referred to above come from God, it becomes apparent what dependence upon our own strength and resources really is – an effort to live and succeed independently from God. There are many people stuck in this, and some who end up using strategy and technique for purely selfish and evil purposes.  The world is full of such people – and in that our sinful nature is always active and pervasive, even Christians must constantly check on their motives and what it is that they are really trying to accomplish. It is very hard to be “as wise as serpents” – it is even more challenging to be “as harmless as doves.” [Matt. 10:16]

Scope is also required to judge the wisdom of this proverb. There are many people who appear to be highly successful, well educated and intelligent, wealthy and powerful, whose demise is just around the corner. Think the recent Yahoo leadership. Remember also the little adage: “life is short.”  The godless who seem to have lived a charmed life in this world have a rude awakening waiting for them when they die. Likewise, the clever who have used cult dynamics to personally prosper – hiding their selfish, godless hearts beneath a veneer of religiosity.

The “wise” man full of strength is often not viewed as such by those who are temporarily powerful and wealthy.  Remember the rich man and Lazarus [Luke 16:20ff]. This account immediately followed Jesus’ discussion of those who are wealthy and powerful enough to divorce and remarry [Luke 16:18].  Better yet, remember the Lord Jesus Christ, His unpopular time of ministry, His suffering and death. Again, scope is required to fully ingest the wisdom of this proverb.

True knowledge and wisdom pertains to understanding the gracious mercy, forgiveness, and love of God in Christ Jesus. He that believes the Son has everlasting life, and the promise that though “it does not yet appear what we shall be, we know that when He appears we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.” [1 John 3:2] It is such strength, derived entirely from God through faith, that gains the victory [Rev. 2:10].

 Scripture Cited

Rev. 2:10  “Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, true Wisdom from God, grant us grace to abide in Your Word and wisdom that we too may have that strength which ultimately prevails. Keep us in faith and faithful unto death. Amen.