WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
FEBRUARY 18, 2021
TOPIC: NO PLAN CAN SUCCEED AGAINST THE LORD
BY T. O. BANSO
“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30 New International Version).
Sometimes some people get deceived by their power, wealth, or whatever they have and act as if they are omnipotent. They assume they have the power of life and death. Though they may be able to kill, they can’t bring back to life! Thus, they have limited power.
Jesus said such people should not be feared. “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew10:28 New King James Version). Luke 12:5 records the same thing.
People who pretend to be the Alpha and Omega and make plans or plots that are contrary to that of God, including wicked schemes against God’s people, should know that they can only progress as far as God allows them. Unfortunately, this attitude of God not stopping them from making some progress in their plans gives them the erroneous impression that they can do and undo.
The truth, however, is that when God is ready, He will foil their plans and make their wisdom come to naught. I hope you’re not one of such fellows who are intoxicated by their wealth, power, positions, etc., and begin to boast against the Lord and work contrary to His Word. If you are repent; the Lord will not keep quiet forever. At the right time, He will act and He does not display His power in vain. God has no rival.
The LORD says, “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight” (Jeremiah 9:23-24 New King James Version). This is a very important counsel. Let him who has ears to hear, hear.
Here is a powerful truth: “There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD” (Proverbs 21:30 New International Version). Think about this. Another translation renders the scripture thus: “No human wisdom or understanding or plan can stand against the LORD” (New Living Translation). The Berean Study Bible puts it this way: “There is no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel that can prevail against the LORD.”
You may see people behaving and talking as if they are God. It’s just a matter of time. They will soon go the way of their predecessors. The Bible has records of such people and history is full of stories of such people – tyrants, dictators, oppressors, despots – who thought their powers would last forever. God always laughs at such people. You can laugh too, for you will see their downfall.
The psalmist says, “Although the wicked flourish like weeds, and evildoers blossom with success, there is only eternal destruction ahead of them” (Psalm 92:7 New Living Translation). He says in verse 11, “With my own eyes I have seen the downfall of my enemies; with my own ears I have heard the defeat of my wicked opponents” (New Living Translation).
I imagine the Lord laughing when Herod was planning to kill Jesus Christ as a baby. In his wisdom, Herod perfected the plan. Based on the information he had garnered, he believed that by killing all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, there was no way he would miss killing Jesus. But the Lord knew about the plan even before he made it. He is the Omniscience.
Through an angel in a dream, the Lord told Joseph, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him” (Matthew 2:13 New King James Version). By the time Herod ordered the killing of the Children (verse 16), Joseph had already taken Mary and Jesus to Egypt. Herod was too late. No wisdom, insight, or plan can succeed against the Lord.
God has no rival. He laughs at those plotting against Him or working against His plans. The psalmist asked, “Why do the nations rage? Why do the people waste their time with futile plans?” (Psalm 2:1 New King James Version). He was concerned that the kings of the earth prepared for battle; the rulers plotted together against the LORD and against His anointed one. They said they would break their chains and free themselves from “this slavery.”
Was God moved by their plans and threats? Was He worried at all? No. Their threats meant nothing to Him. The psalmist said, “He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision” (verse 4 New King James Version). God laughs at those who exhibit their supposed wisdom, making plans and devices against Him. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, ‘He catches the wise in their own craftiness’; and again, ‘The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile’” (1 Corinthians 3:19-20 New King James Version). Did you see that?
Whenever God announces Himself or has to declare to someone He is God, the person should know that He wants to say something serious or about to do something great, either positive or negative! He doesn’t announce Himself for fun. In Isaiah 44:24-25, He says, “I am the LORD, who makes all things, Who stretches out the heavens all alone, Who spreads abroad the earth by Myself; Who frustrates the signs of the babblers, and drives diviners mad; Who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolishness” (New King James Version).
No wisdom, insight, plan can succeed against the Lord. Those involved in such are wasting their time. It’s a doomed enterprise. Job 5:12 says God frustrates the devices of the crafty so that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
There are consequences for those contending against Him mightier or greater than they are (Ecclesiastes 6:10). “Woe to those who quarrel with their Maker, those who are nothing but potsherds among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘The potter has no hands’?” (Isaiah 45:9 New International Version).
In Genesis 11:4, the descendants of Noah decided to build a city and a tower whose top was in the heavens and make a name for themselves so that they would not be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth. This was contrary to God’s plan that human beings would multiply and spread over the earth (Genesis 1:28, 6:1; 9:1).
In their wisdom, they progressed with the project. But they only advanced as far as God permitted them. When He was prepared to stop the project permanently, He did so easily. No stress. The LORD confused their language and scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. Thus, they ceased building the city. No wisdom, insight, or plan can succeed against the Lord.
Pharaoh boasted against the LORD. In Exodus 5:1, Moses and Aaron went to tell Pharaoh, “Thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness” (New King James Version). You would think he would fear the LORD and allow them to go without much delay. No. “And Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, nor will I let Israel go’” (verse 2 New King James Version). Yes, he said that. After all, he was a god!
It didn’t surprise the LORD he acted that way. He had told Moses when he sent him to deliver the people that Pharaoh would be stubborn. The LORD said He would harden his heart so that he will not let the people go (Exodus 4:21). Therefore, despite all the wonders that the LORD performed through Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh remained adamant. He didn’t release the Israelites.
At a point, Moses became impatient. He returned to the LORD and said, “Lord, why have You brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all” (Exodus 5:22-23 New King James Version).
In the end, God broke Pharaoh’s backbone. He could have done it earlier than that but he didn’t . He really wanted to show to Him that He is God. The patience of God in dealing with tyrants, despots, oppressors, loud-mouthed and boastful people must never be mistaken for weaknesses or impotence. Nobody’s case is a hard nut for God to crack. His power is unlimited; His weapons are unassailable.
Exodus 12:29-30 says, “And it came to pass at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of livestock. So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead” (New King James Version). Evidently, Pharaoh was not a spirit; he was flesh and blood.
The Israelites left Egypt with honour; they didn’t flee. They plundered the Egyptians as they gave them whatever they asked for before they left. When Pharaoh later sent his army to pursue the Israelites and bring them back, God demonstrated His power further so that Pharaoh’s defeat could be total. He made Pharaoh’s chariots and horsemen perish in the sea while the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea. No wisdom, insight, or plan can succeed against the Lord.
Do I need to mention what the LORD did to boastful, proud, and arrogant Sennacherib, the king of Assyria, threatening to attack Jerusalem? After Hezekiah had prayed to God, He passed judgment on Assyria and her king. “Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the king of Assyria: ‘He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shield, nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return; and he shall not come into this city,’ says the LORD. ‘For I will defend this city, to save it for My own sake and for My servant David’s sake’” (Isaiah 37:33-35 New King James Version).
What followed was a tragedy –185,000 soldiers were killed in the camp of the Assyrians by an angel of the Lord in one night (Isaiah 37:36). This was Sennacherib who was threatening King Hezekiah and mocking his God. He boasted that the gods of other nations he had defeated couldn’t deliver them. He sent words to Hezekiah: “Do not let your God in whom you trust deceive you, saying, ‘Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria” (Isaiah 37:10 New King James Version). It was blasphemy to say the living God would deceive Hezekiah or the people of Judah.
Following the mysterious death of 185,000 Assyrian soldiers, Sennacherib, devastated, fled home. He was struck with the sword by his sons, Adrammelech and Sharezer, as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch, his god, and they escaped into the land of Ararat (Isaiah 37:37-38). It was a shameful end for a man who had boasted and acted if he was unconquerable! The story is also recorded in 2 Kings 19:35-37.
No wisdom, insight, or plan can succeed against the Lord. Threatening to throw the three Hebrews into the furnace f fire if they refused to serve his gods or worship the gold image which he had set up, Nebuchadnezzar boasted, “And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?” (Daniel 3:15 New King James Version). But when God showed him power by rendering the furnace of fire harmless to these three Hebrews and he saw the Son f God in the fire with them, he knew that his wisdom, insight, or plan against the Lord had failed woefully.
Nebuchadnezzar, after being humbled, said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king’s word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God! Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this” (Daniel 3:28-29 New King James Version).
Indeed, Gamaliel, a Pharisee and teacher of the law, was a wise man. No wonder, he was held in respect by all the people. He gave a wise piece of advice to his colleagues in the Council (Sanhedrin) who were plotting to kill the apostles they had put in a common prison but an angel of the Lord had released even with the prison still securely locked.
After going down the memory lane, Gamaliel said, “Keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it — lest you even be found to fight against God” (Acts 5:38-39 New King James Version). Indirectly, Gamaliel was saying no wisdom, insight, or plan could succeed against the Lord. The members of the Council took his counsel. They only beat the apostles and let them go, commanding them not to speak in the name of Jesus.
No wisdom, insight, or plan can succeed against the Lord. Have faith in God. As you pray, no wisdom, insight, or plan of the enemy shall succeed against you. The Lord says, “See, they may be moved to war, but not by my authority: all those who come together to make an attack on you, will be broken against you” (Isaiah 54:15 Bible in Basic English). You can laugh at the enemy!
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, I thank you because no wisdom, insight, or plan can succeed against You. Cause every device or scheme of the enemy against me no fail. Let every attempt of the enemy to overthrow your plan for my life crumble in Jesus’ name. Turn to foolishness the wisdom of the enemy of Your church. Let their efforts be wasted.
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T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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