Proverbs 21:30-31

There is no wisdom and there is no understanding,
and there is no counsel against the Lord.
A horse is prepared for the day of battle,
but the victory is from the Lord.

Success = wisdom + understanding + advice/God’s Will.

In other words, wisdom is not wisdom unless it is in line with God’s wisdom. Understanding means nothing apart from God. Advice or counsel isn’t advisable if it doesn’t line up with God’s will.

When you add that all up, you have to have God’s wisdom, God’s understanding and people who are being guided by God’s wisdom and understanding to be the ones who are giving you the counsel. If those things don’t all line up, then success will be harder to come by.

However, even when we have done all those things, victory is still out of our hands. God is the one who brings us victory. And it is by His might and decision that we have victory.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t have to be involved in the process. In fact, I would argue just the opposite. If we aren’t involved in the process, we won’t be in position to receive God’s victory.

I know how that might sound to some of you. But, you have to position yourself to receive the victory God has in mind for you. We don’t get victory by waiting for it to come our way. God wants us to be actively involved in the victory He wants to bring to our lives. This is why he wants us to be pursuing Him, to be fearing Him, to be gaining a better understanding of Him and His ways and to surround ourselves with people who are doing the same.

When we do that and get active in our pursuit of God and His ways, we will be in position to receive whatever victory God has for us.