Summary: Daily battles are inevitable, but deliverance is just a prayer away.
Text: “The horse is prepared for the day of battle, but deliverance is of the LORD” (Proverbs 21:31).
This proverb is talking about preparing for battle. In the early days when horses were involved in battle, preparation of the horse and the warrior took place. Survival was the goal and in order to meet the goal, safety was a very big factor.
Besides the actual worldly or physical preparation that needed to take place, consultation with Almighty God was a number one factor. In this day, without God leading us, any task we endeavor to accomplish will be in vain or ineffective or unsuccessful.
God will certainly do His part, but we in turn must reach out to do our part. God will take care of the impossible, but we must strive to do the possible.
Each day, you and I face some kind of battle. We may be facing some physical issue, some sickness, a family related problem, an addiction of some sort, a work related dilemma or crisis, fear or worry, depression, some setback, or any other of a multitude of troubles.
We are all fighting some kind of battle, and at times we feel as though we are on the losing end. We face situations which seem too big for us to handle. We come up against mountains of difficulties and troubles that cause us to worry and become stressed.
At times, we feel as though we are completely surrounded by problem after problem. How are we to manage? Will we survive? How are we to prepare ourselves to be a victor instead of a victim?
Perhaps you have been given the responsibility of heading a church board, but you fear because you don’t know what is expected of you or you fear because you don’t know the first thing about how to conduct a meeting. The first thing you need to do is talk to God about the responsibility and ask for His guidance and input.
However, that is not all you have to do. You must prepare yourself and do what you can to learn the responsibilities of the position and then inquire or find out how to conduct the meeting. God will do His part if you do your part.
Maybe you have been asked to teach a Sunday school class, but you have never taught before and besides that, you are concerned you may not know enough about the Bible to teach. Are you going to turn down the opportunity?
That would be the easy way out, but in your mind, you know this is not the way. Again, the first thing to do is to consult God through prayer, get His thoughts and feelings, and then use all the power you have to prepare for to win the battle.
In today’s world, there are many who are fighting some addiction. Some are alcoholics who can’t seem to stay away from the drink which is destroying them on the inside and the outside. It is not only destroying them, but it is devastating to their loved ones.
Others are addicted to heroine, cocaine, or marijuana which is not only destroying them physically, mentally and morally, but is leading them to commit sins like stealing, murdering, lying, cheating and so on. Life to these people is getting the next fix regardless of the way it is acquired.