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The Strength of a Nation

Psalms 33:10-17 :

Yahweh brings the counsel of the nations to nothing.
He makes the thoughts of the peoples to be of no effect.
The counsel of Yahweh stands fast forever,
the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is Yahweh,
the people whom he has chosen for his own inheritance.
Yahweh looks from heaven.
He sees all the sons of men.
From the place of his habitation he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth,
he who fashions all of their hearts;
and he considers all of their works.
There is no king saved by the multitude of an army.
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
A horse is a vain thing for safety,
neither does he deliver any by his great power.

So much for the United Nations. If the United Nations refuses to see God's counsel as the one that "stands fast forever," God will make sure that they become ineffective. Whether we realize it or not, God is always The One in charge of the governments of the world. The Bible tells us in Romans that God has placed all the authority on the earth. This doesn't mean that the existing authorities are good. That should be obvious from this psalm alone. God wouldn't have to bring "the counsel of the nations to nothing" if they were using their authority as He intended. God has temporarily allowed some of the authorities to abuse that authority as he prepares for their destruction. He also may turn the hearts of some of them and make them a demonstration of His grace. We should pray for this as Christians.

Although the Bible obviously supports a nation's use of the military to do His work, it also makes it very clear in passages like this one, nations should never rely on their military. God says in no uncertain terms that "there is no king saved by the multitude of an army." Leaders can't rely on their superior war technology either since "a horse is a vain thing for safety, neither does he deliver any by his great power." So how does a nation become powerful then? God tells us that He considers all of our works and He doesn't just look at the outside. He looks at what's going on inside our hearts. If any nation, no matter how poor or oppressed wishes to be strong like the United States became strong, all they need to do is do the works that the God of the Bible likes. You can start that now wherever you are. The United States was not a powerful nation and didn't have superior military resources when they gained independence from England. I hope it is obvious that God was the one that made the decision to make the United States great and if the hearts of the Americans please God, it could get even better for us. We should never rely on our military, even though God does use it to do His work. God is the one that we look to save us.

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