EVIL WISDOM AND DARK UNDERSTANDING
"There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Jehovah" Prov. 21:30
This is the teaching of Wisdom; persistently in human history hours come in which all appearances seem to contradict it. There is a wisdom which is "earthly, sensual, devilish," (James 3:15) and it is active against Jehovah. There is an understanding which has an acquaintance with the methods of iniquity, and it operates against Jehovah. There is a taking of counsel among men full of this wisdom and understanding, and it plots against Jehovah. Oftentimes as we have watched, we have trembled; so subtle, so clever, so cunning are the ways of this underworld of antagonism to Jehovah. Yet look again just as persistently in human history, the futility, the feebleness, the failure of this antagonism has been manifested. The EVIL WISDOM is proved FOOLISHNESS; the DARK UNDERSTANDING is found to be IGNORANCE; the malicious counsel is demonstrated futile. The warrant for the matchlessness of this proverb is found in the fact that all these very thoughts and devices and plots against Jehovah are compelled at last in their outworking to contribute to the purposes of His holy and gracious will. He makes the wrath of man to praise Him (Psa. 76:10). He makes the buffeting messenger of Satan the means of grace to His troubled, but trusting servant. Therefore it is true, full and finally, that "There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Jehovah." And thus it becomes true that, "To them that love God all things work together for good." (Rom. 8:28) Here, then, is the place of our rest; here the secret of our confidence; here the inspiration of songs in the darkest night as they think they are flourishing today all over the world.