Something to think about: As with so many biblical proverbs, we can see a number of aspects to this saying as we turn it in our minds. First, the verse clearly reminds us that regarding many things in life, whatever preparations we may make, "the race is not always to the swift," and the final outcome is, of course, in God's hands. But the verse also reminds us that we have to do our part to "prepare for battle." These are the same two principles we see in Nehemiah 4:9 "...we prayed to our God and posted a guard day and night to meet this threat." Preparing for any difficulty means we do what we can do physically as well as asking God's help. It's a basic but important principle to remember - whatever the problem, we need to do our part as well as asking God to help.