No king is saved by the size of his army;
no warrior escapes by his great strength.
A horse is a vain hope for deliverance;
despite all its great strength it cannot save.
But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine. Psalm 33:16-19
Living under the most powerful military force the world has ever known for all of our lifetime makes us immune to what could be if we didn’t have that on our side. I am sure Britain never thought they’d lose their military edge. Same with Rome, France, China, Japan, and any other nation that has ever sustained an overwhelming military might. They go down, often because of their arrogance and overconfident attitude. Oh, they may be “the king of the hill” for awhile but that role is short-lived.
We would do well as a nation to remember what happened to those powers and where they are today.
Instead, the nation that fears the Lord will have favor in God’s eyes.
We can funnel that concept to our own lives as well. When we begin to think we can make it on our own without the Lord’s assistance, we are sadly mistaken. Humbling ourselves before the Lord takes, well, humility. Not admitting we are weak and frail is perhaps the greatest barriers to consistent grown in our lives.