“There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.” – Proverbs 21:30 (NIV)
Although this verse may often be viewed as a threat against those who oppose God—and it most certainly is—it can be a comfort as well. To be able to rest in the Lord’s will while going through trials is reassuring. To know that no scheme of Satan will prevail against our Lord brings peace. Nothing can thwart the plans of God!
“No wisdom, no understanding, no counsel can avail against the LORD.”(ESV)
“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”(KJV)
“There is no wisdom, neither intelligence, nor mind, like that of Lord Jehovah.”(Aramaic Bible in plain English)
Meaning of the verse
Sometimes even believers will follow their own wisdom instead of God. They purposely do something, fully knowing it is against God’s word and laws, yet, believe they will succeed in their plans.
But for the believer and unbeliever alike, ultimately, no plan that goes against the will of God will succeed. Sooner or later, there will be a price to pay. The payment due may not come until the Day of Judgment and the price will be eternal damnation.
This verse also sends a message to Satan. The devil also believes that he is equal and as wise as God. But he, too, will also see his plan come to failure, as the Bible foretells, Satan will meet with ultimate doom.
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness.”
Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker–one clay pot among many. Does the clay ask the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?
Whatever exists was named long ago, and what happens to a man is foreknown; but he cannot contend with one stronger than he.
But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop them. You may even find yourselves fighting against God.”