The military power possessed by the United States is unequaled in the history of mankind.  Its men and women serve with honor protecting the homeland in far off lands so that the perils of warfare do not come to this soil.  Without question, they deserve our highest respect and thanks.  But there is a greater power that controls the affairs of mankind -- the Lord Jesus Christ.  In the Old Testament, the pre-incarnate Christ established the principle for victory when telling Israel … “And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD's” (1 Sam 17:47).  To the king of Judah, God said … “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!  This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army, for the battle is not yours, but God's” (2 Chron 20:15).  The spiritual fiber of the nation caused God to place His protective shield around the people.  But lest the nation arrogantly boast on her strength, Scripture records how God orchestrated Israel’s preparations for battle. For example, when Israel went to attack thousands of Midianites … “The LORD said to Gideon, "You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her, announce now to the people, 'Anyone who trembles with fear may turn back and leave Mount Gilead’; so twenty-two thousand men left, while ten thousand remained.  But the LORD said to Gideon, "There are still too many men” (Judg 7:2-3). “The LORD said to Gideon … "With the three hundred men that lapped [water] I will save you and give the Midianites into your hands” (Judg 7:7).  God was not interested in the number of soldiers on either side.  His desire was for the hearts of those who believed that the God of Israel would deliver the enemy into their hands.  In Nehemiah’s day, the enemy mocked and threatened to stop the Jews from rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem.  The returning Israelites were not trained in warfare, but they possessed the mental and spiritual fortitude to recognize that their return into the land placed them in a posture to be blessed by God.  The challenge was issued by Nehemiah to the people as they were rebuilding the wall and their homes … "Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your houses."  And it happened when our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work” (Neh 4:14-16).  These Jewish men were willing to fight, but notice, it was God who frustrated the plans of the enemy.  God’s promise of blessing remains the same today -- humble yourselves, pray, and seek My face.  A dear friend, Stephanie Franks offers these lyrics to a well known patriotic song:

If tomorrow all the things were gone, I’d worked hard to obtain,
And I had to start all over again, there’s no way that I’d complain.
I would thank Almighty God to be living in this land,
In a nation blessed by His Almighty hand.

I’m proud to be in America, borne of wisdom from Above,
And I won’t forget the men who died, for their country, out of love.
I’ll gladly stand up next to you, and defend her still today.
Yes, there is no doubt I love this land,
God Bless the USA.

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