What? Outsmart God?
To outsmart someone means to use cleverness or intelligence to defeat someone, or gain advantage over someone, by trickery or deceit.
The prophet Daniel describes how the chief rulers and senior officials [those in authority] tried to outsmart God (Read about this fascinating bit of history in Daniel chapter 6).
Their attempts to discredit Daniel, God’s righteous servant, were actually plots against Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]:
Then the presidents and rulers sought to find occasion (an accusation, a complaint) against Daniel concerning the kingdom. But they could find no occasion or fault, because he was faithful. Neither was there any error or fault found in him. (Daniel 6:4)
The wicked always behave this way:
The wicked plot against the righteous, and gnashes his teeth at him, but Yahuwah [the Lord] laughs at the wicked, for He sees that his day is coming. The wicked have drawn out the sword… to slay those who walk uprightly. (Psalms 37:12-14).
For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me (God’s righteous servant): they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. (Psalms 109:2)
Yahushua [Jesus] said,… “He that hates me, hates my Father also“. (John 15:23)
Trying to outsmart God, and His righteous servants, is complete foolishness:
The foolishness of man perverts (subverts) his way: and his heart frets (rages) against Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Proverbs 19:3)
He [God] spoils the plans of even the smartest people so that they will not succeed. He [God] catches those who think they are wise in their own clever traps, and brings to an end their evil plans. (Job 5:12-13)
There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against Yahuwah [the LORD]. (Proverbs 21:30)
For it is written, I Yahuwah [the LORD], will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. (1Corinthians 1:19)
The written Scriptures teach us that the wisdom of Yahuwah Elohim is immensely superior to any human wisdom. God’s wisdom is as great and as high as the heavens are above the earth (Isaiah 55:8-9)! Yahuwah’s wisdom far surpasses all human counsels and imaginations.
God is vastly bigger than you and me, in every way!! In comparison to God Almighty, we are little in power, and little in knowledge. We are little creatures — mere dust and ashes (Genesis 2:7; Genesis 3:19; Genesis 18:27).
Servants of the Living God
Who are the servants of the Living God? They are those who choose to honour and obey God’s written Word [the Bible].
And as a loving Master, Yahuwah’s favor and wisdom is upon His servants. Yahuwah is well able to protect His humble servants, and to deliver them when falsely accused:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1)
When I cry unto You [Yahuwah], then shall my enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me. (Psalms 56:9)
The prophet Daniel was of an ‘excellent spirit.’ He was a man of integrity, a faithful and upright servant, serving the Living God, while in service to King Darius. Daniel’s life was devoted to obeying the written Word of God. Therefore God’s superior wisdom and favor was upon him.
The wicked men surrounding Daniel could find no fault in him (see above Daniel 6:4). Yet they were determined to outsmart Daniel by tricking the king into destroying Daniel (see Daniel 6:12-15).
Those hard-hearted rulers foolishly thought their human wisdom and reasoning were greater than the wisdom that was upon the servant of God. Those men had an exaggerated sense of their own self-importance. Sadly, they chose to walk in the imagination of their own heart (Genesis 6:5).
What was the outcome of those wicked rulers of Daniel’s day?
Their end result was not good. When King Darius realized the motives of his officials and counsellors, he was furious over their trickery and deceit:
And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den. (Daniel 6:24)
There is no future to those who use lies and deceit, as a means to accuse the servants of Yahuwah Elohim [the LORD God]:
The righteous is delivered out of trouble, and the wicked comes in his place. (Proverbs 11:8)
Through God we shall do valiantly: for He it is that shall tread down our enemies. (Psalms 108:13)
God is very aware of the wicked, and their evil plots. The hard and stubborn heart of the wicked make their punishment even greater in the Day of wrath (Romans 2:5).
A very significant Day is coming (2Corinthians 5:10), when God will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and He will reward everyone according to what they have done:
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:14)
Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him. (Isaiah 3:11)
No one can ever outsmart God!
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