The horse is made ready for the day of battle,
but the victory belongs to the Lord.
Prosperity theologians like to proclaim that victory is something we can claim through a right attitude. They claim that if we can think correctly about ourselves or look at our situations in the right light we can claim victory or “favor” [ as one particular and misguided prosperity theologian likes to say].
But the author of Proverbs is saying that we can only prepare ourselves for battle but when it comes to “victory”…well…that belongs to the Lord. And this is a victory we are given through faith in Jesus Christ.
Prosperity theologians don’t like to specifically mention the name of Jesus because that would give Jesus the power (which Jesus already has). To acknowledge that power takes power and control out on one’s hand. The thing is, we have no victory (or favor) in this life without Jesus. We have no future without Jesus. We have no life without Jesus.
So prepare your horse for battle but don’t get too cocky. Remember who’s in charge. Any victory you win is from the Lord. And favor? Yup…through faith in Jesus Christ we have that too ~ the cross is proof of that.
[1 Corinthians 15:54-56]