The Vanity of Attempting to Oppose God
Proverbs 21:30
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

One of the most formidable methods of attacking religion is to exhibit it as a contrivance fit for narrow geniuses and mean souls. One of the most proper means to establish irreligion is to represent it as suited to great and generous minds.

I. CONSIDER THE TEXT IS REGARD TO WORLDLY GRANDEUR. We sometimes see those who are called grandees in the world resist God, pretend to compel Him by superior force, or by greater knowledge. How often is grandeur even now in our times a patent for insolence against God!

II. WORLDLY POLICY IS A SECOND OBSTACLE WHICH SOME MEN SET AGAINST THE LAWS OF HEAVEN. We sometimes see men forget that they are Christians, when they deliberate on the public good.

III. THE VOLUPTUOUS RESIST GOD. One of the most inviolable laws of God is, that felicity should be the reward of virtue, and misery the punishment of vice. What does a voluptuous man oppose against the execution of this law? Noise, company, diversions, the refinements of lasciviousness. Examine the system of the voluptuary at the bar of reason, and at the bar of conscience. Consider it in the declining time of life, and in view of death and punishment.

IV. A STOICAL OBSTINACY IS AN OBSTACLE WHICH SOME PLACE AGAINST THE PURPOSES OF GOD. Hath Zeno any disciples now? Yes, there are yet people who, under another name, maintain the same sentiments, affect an unshaken firmness, and glory in preserving their tranquillity under all the extremes of fortune.

(J. Saurin.).

Parallel Verses
KJV: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.

WEB: There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Yahweh.

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