12 The eyes of the Lord keep watch over knowledge,
but he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.
The Lord is the protector and preserver of truth. He has given us the dignity of participating in this, but it shall be done whether we take part or not. This is good news to those troubled by the relentless assault on wisdom, which begins with the fear of the Lord. It may be tempting to say “I am the only one left,” as Elijah did in the midst of his gloom. The Lord reserved thousands then apart from Elijah’s knowledge, in spite of the prevailing wickedness under Ahab and Jezebel. And surely he does so today, no matter how overwhelmed we may feel in our own discouraged wanderings.
“But he frustrates the words of the unfaithful.” The same Lord who preserves truth hinders falsehood. This may be even more important for us to remember, as much confusion and division have been caused by those seeking to expose falsehood. At times this may be quite appropriate, but we must be careful that it is the Lord’s will and not our own that we seek. When Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal he got the sign he wanted, but it only served to further harden the enmity of Jezebel. She eventually got what she deserved, but it was according to the Lord’s timing, and no one else’s.