“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord.” (Proverbs 21:31)
As a young pastor, I believed it was my responsibility to get the horse ready for battle AND to win the victory. That kind of thinking is the result of several things:
This is only one extreme. The other is to believe we don’t have to do anything at all and can sit back and wait for God to act.
I’ve learned through the years that God expects me to act on things that are under my control. When possible, be prepared, be ready. It’s why we must continue to learn, expanding our mental resources.
In the end, however, the outcome rests with God. He is not bound to my preparation (or lack of). Success in ministry, success in life, is in God’s hands. That takes away a tremendous amount of pressure.
As you look at your responsibilities this upcoming week, are you doing a good job getting the horse ready for battle?