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.
These people know that what they are doing is wrong, but they just can’t seem to get their act together and help themselves. There are people like this in all levels of society. Those people who have money and those who do not have money all travel down the same wide path of self-destruction.
People fail to realize that help is just a prayer away. The Rescuer is waiting to deliver that person from the bondage that has entwined or entangled them in the web of destruction. God does not want any of His children to live a life of misery or to feel lonely because the burden is more than they can bear. He does not want people to feel there is no hope because what they have done has taken them to the bottom of the pit of life.
God does not want them to feel that the bed they have made is the one that they will spend the rest of their life in. He wants them to know that all hope is not lost and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Deliverance is possible if one will only use the measure of faith given him and believe that all things are possible.
Remember the story of the men who picked up the paralytic on his mat and took Him to Jesus because they believed Jesus could deliver this man from his paralysis. When Jesus saw their faith and how they believed He could rescue or deliver this man, He said to the man, “Get up, take up your mat and go home” (Matthew 9:6).