Proverbs 21: King James Bible
Strength of Confidence – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty one, Verse 22
22 A wise man scaleth the city of the mighty, and casteth down the strength of the confidence thereof.
Daily Inspiration from This Verse – Strength of Confidence
What a verse this is! With one sentence, we are given instruction as well as warning, about how to overcome, and how we are overcome.
In the Bible, we are given all kinds of physical examples of the above scripture being played out. The first that comes to mind would be the destruction of Jericho. Spies were sent in, intelligence was gathered, forces were deployed based on that intelligence, and the Lord gave the most unusual instructions to Joshua, in order to gain victory. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the story.
But what isn’t so easily remembered, is that the strength of confidence was removed from the enemies of Israel. A fear and terror of them, contaminated any confidence the Canaanites may have had in their size, strength, gods, weaponry, and so on. Don’t forget, the Canaanites weren’t just a bunch of ordinary people, but were Nephilim, or otherwise known as Raphim.
To put it plainly, an abominable offspring of fallen angels and humans. They grew gigantic in comparison to humans, and whose size was only outweighed by their own wickedness. When a nephilim dies, there is no place created for their spirit, and they roam the earth as demons until the judgement.
If this is a strange new idea to you, and would like to learn more about these kinds of matters, and how it all ties the Biblical narrative of world history together, check out “Kingdom of Darkness in a Fallen World.” The point I’m trying to make is, these were powerful beings, that were feared by humans (which were typically on the dinner menu).
But despite all kinds of physical advantages, their hearts waxed against their own strength because of fear. And for good reason, as they had a good idea who was leading Israel’s charge, and that was the Lord God Almighty. Once that strength of confidence was removed, the wise planning and operations that the Lord dictated to Joshua led them to victory.
However, we do get information of what happens when the wisdom and command of the Lord is either removed or non existent, even when there seems to be an advantage. Israel found out the hard way a time or two, that you can scale the strength of a city or a people, and remove their strength of confidence, but victory is from the Lord, and the path that leads to it is also by the Lord.
Back to the verse above, it uses the word “scaleth.” Not as one would scale a wall, or climb something. But rather to weigh out a matter, spy it out, or measure it up.
This is a wise step to conquer a city speaking militarily. but to make it more personal, we can view it as to devise what strong point to deflate, of any given problem or situation. When faced with a difficulty, it makes sense that a good way to overcome it, is to make it less difficult, right?
The Lord gives us wisdom to do this, especially when we see no way. He’s always got a plan available should we choose to turn to him and use it, rather than our own plans.
But even still, though the strength of confidence is removed from whatever the case may be, and a problem becomes overcomable, doesn’t mean that it’s already overcome. There’s more to be done, and we must be obedient, and stay on the Lord’s path that leads to victory, rather than celebrating a premature victory. A weakened problem is no less of a problem.
The Lord wanted to remove all of Israel’s enemies from their midst, but it was Israel in one way or the other, that deviated from the Lord’s plan. And that spawned all kinds of future headaches. As always, the Lord knows what he’s doing. It’s best if we just get ourselves out of the way, and follow his lead.
Related New Testament Scripture
Acts 28: King James Bible
31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
2 Corinthians 5: King James Bible
7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 9 Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
Ephesians 3: King James Bible
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Philippians 4: King James Bible
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
1 Peter 5: King James Bible
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Thank you for the lessons you’ve placed in your Word, and giving us all of the examples that we can find in it. Help us to incorporate the methods you give, in order to use them to our advantage against all circumstances that face us. Also, may our strength of confidence in you never be shaken, and may all who try to scale us, and remove our faith and strength in you, fail miserably and come to repentance and be saved themselves. This we pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Shouldn’t your strength of confidence be the Lord Jesus himself?