Our individual and national security has become a very significant topic of discussion in recent years. When we look beyond our own borders, we are reminded of the reality of instant upheaval through acts of terror that bring destruction without warning. We wonder where the next attack will be and who will be responsible. Will it ever end?
On one occasion David wrote, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” And a little later on he wrote, “A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all of its great strength it cannot save.” No doubt his son Solomon had listened to his father as he discussed his thoughts on war and battle strategies, winning and losing or victory and defeat. Out of those conversations, Solomon formed his own ideas of war among and between nations. “The horse is made ready for the day of battle,” he said, “but victory rests with the Lord!” When David and Solomon penned these observations, the horse was the greatest weapon in the military arsenal. When coupled to a chariot, it added an even more lethal dimension. It brought speed to the battlefield that warriors could not overcome with its ability to “hit and run.” Foot soldiers did not have the capability to defeat an army that used horses in combat.
David and Solomon, however, remind us today about what makes the difference in combat: Victory belongs to the Lord. Nations may develop strategies, prepare and equip warriors, have superior weaponry and technology, and plans without flaws (in their minds) but it makes little difference. God determines the victor.
Throughout Scripture God reminds us that “it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s.” Whose side are you on?
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the promises in Your Word that assure us of Your strength and sovereignty and our safety. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,” he said, “but victory rests with the Lord.