We triumph because of God’s secret wisdom

When we face an intimidating challenge we should rest in the truth that God’s secret wisdom will trump any wicked plan that may have been crafted against us.

This devotional blog is from the Triumphing series. 

Song – Satan remembers Calvary and he trembles

Satan remembers Calvary and he trembles

He trembles, he trembles

Satan remembers Calvary and he trembles

He trembles, he trembles

He sets the stage

For his own defeat

He builds the gallows

On which He shall be hung

He built the cross

On which the Lord was crucified

It became the place

Where God was glorified

 

God’s secret wisdom makes His enemies tremble

They tremble, They tremble

God’s secret wisdom makes His enemies tremble

They tremble, They tremble

God keeps His plans,

Hidden from their sight.

But upon His people,

He shines the light

His plans reveal

His truly great insight

See Him vanquish evil,

By His ingenious might!

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 “To the pure you show yourself pure, but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.” (Psalm 18:26)

6“We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” – the things God has prepared for those who love Him – these are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 6-10, NIV)

9 “Then Harbona, one of the eunuchs attending the king, said, “A pole reaching to a height of fifty cubits stands by Haman’s house. He had it set up for Mordecai, who spoke up to help the king.” The king said, “Impale him on it!” 10 So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai. Then the king’s fury subsided.” (Esther 7:9-10, NIV)

As I study the Bible and how God works, I have come to see that we triumph because of God’s secret wisdom. His secret wisdom is revealed in at least three ways:-

  1. His chooses to use the weak to shame the strong, and the foolish to shame the wise. He also chooses to use the despised and the lowly (the unpretentious and humble), to shame the proud (1 Cor 1:27,28). He frustrates the intelligence of the intelligent. (1 Cor 1:19)
  2. He overcomes evil with good (Rom 12:21)
  3. From death, He brings life (John 12:24).

The song on which this blog post is based touches on all three truths. Each of these truths is so profound that books have been written about them. I could not possibly do justice to all of them in one blog post.  Nevertheless, my prayer is that what I share here will help us remember that our hope lies in God’s ingenuity – His tendency to work in unexpected ways and through unlikely people!

Jesus, the King of Kings, was born in a cow shed, not a palace. He willingly surrendered to death in the hands of cruel oppressors – the Romans. His death was by all counts a grave injustice inspired by Satan. Yet His death was planned by God Himself. And what Satan didn’t realize is that, as Jesus hung on the cross,  at His weakest – in that same moment – Jesus was making an “public spectacle” of Satan, triumphing over Him (Colossians 2:15).  In the process, Jesus was unlocking tremendous blessings for every believer.  If Satan had known this beforehand, he would never have crucified the ‘Lord of glory.’ But of course, He didn’t know it!

Here is a snapshot of just a few of the incredible blessings we enjoy in this life as a result of Jesus death on the cross.

  • The cross – a place where evil seems to win – became a place of victory over evil, a place where God made a ‘public spectacle’ of His enemies. (Col 2:15)
  • The cross – an instrument of judgment – becomes a place of forgiveness for all who believe that Jesus died in their place. (John 6:24)
  • Mankind was created a ‘little lower’ than the angels (Psalm 8:5) yet because of our union with Christ, Christians now have authority over fallen angels – Satan and his demons. (Luke 10:19).
  • Christians are joint heirs with Jesus. And if we suffer in this life for Him, then we shall share in His glory (Rom 8:17).

Let’s shift our attention to a similar event that took place hundreds of years earlier. Haman was a senior government official and close confidant of King Xerxes.  King Xerxes was super powerful – he ruled a vast empire, stretching from India to Ethiopia.  His armies had conquered Israel and taken some Jews into exile. Mordecai was one of the exiles, and Haman couldn’t stand his guts. For one thing, Mordecai refused to bow before him citing religious conviction! Mordecai was, however, fiercely loyal to the king –in fact he had foiled an assassination plot against him.

It seemed like chance when a Jewish beauty, also in exile, caught the eye of the king’s servants and joined his harem. It seemed like sheer luck when out of thousands of other girls, she caught the eye of the king himself and was crowned Queen shortly thereafter.  And it looked like a coincidence when the king couldn’t sleep because he had a nagging sense that there was someone who he had forgotten to honor (and there was – Mordecai!).  Around that time, Satan was working through Haman, seeking to kill Mordecai, and all the other Jews. Esther, encouraged by Mordecai (who just ‘happened’ to be her uncle),  decided to do what some would call foolish – risk the death penalty by coming into the King’s presence unsummoned. God’s secret wisdom was revealed when He used ‘foolish’ Esther – to turn the tables on Haman. Haman ended up hanging on the same ‘gallows’ that he had set up for Mordecai.

When we face an intimidating challenge we should rest in the truth that God’s secret wisdom will trump any wicked plan that may have been crafted against us.  We don’t have to be stronger or cleverer than our foe –we just need to seek God’s will in prayer, and then do what He tells us to.

 

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