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God Determines Military Victories

God Determines Military Victories

One of the most difficult things for us to accept is the fact that God controls victory and defeats between nations on the battlefield. Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the LORD.

God is sovereign over all the assets in battle. As when Gideon battled the Midianites in: Judges 7:2–3, 23 2The LORD said to Gideon, “The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, ‘My own hand has saved me.’ 3 Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, ‘Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home and hurry away from Mount Gilead.’ ” Then 22,000 of the people returned, and 10,000 remained. ….. 23 And the men of Israel were called out from Naphtali and from Asher and from all Manasseh, and they pursued after Midian.

God wanted to make sure that Gideon knew who was responsible for the victory over the Midianites. He reduced Gideon down to 300 men from about 32,000 the original size of Gideon’s Army.

We must put our trust in God for our nation’s armaments. Psalm 33:16–17 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. A nation’s victories come from God.

Our army must fight but God gives the victory in warfare to whomever He wills. The prophet Jeremiah refers to God’s servant Nebuchadnezzar. The nation of Babylon was a very ungodly nation. God used them for His purposes. Jeremiah 25:9 behold, I will send for all the tribes of the north, declares the LORD, and for Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants, and against all these surrounding nations. I will devote them to destruction, and make them a horror, a hissing, and an everlasting desolation.

Three times in Jeremiah God refers to Nebuchadnezzar as His servant. God uses Nebuchadnezzar to punish Judah for their disobedience to God. Later in Jeremiah 50 God punishes Babylon for their ungodliness. He uses the Medes and Persians to accomplish this in Jeremiah 51.

The nations of the world are nothing more than instruments in the hands of God to accomplish His will. Sometimes God uses nations to protect His people sometimes to open doors to advance the spread of His gospel. Sometimes God uses nations to be His instruments of judgment against ungodliness. God looks with favor upon the nations that accomplish His purpose. Isaiah 10:15 Shall the axe boast over him who hews with it, or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it? As if a rod should wield him who lifts it, or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood!

God establishes governments and determines who will govern and for how long they will exist. God uses ungodly nations to carry out His will. Only God sees the entire picture with all of its complexities. We must trust Him to work out all the details and events for His glory. We must remember that His glory and good are bound up together.

For what purpose did God establish the USA?

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