Does the security of our nation depend on its military might? What would happen if we were to do away with our armed forces?

If that sounds foolish, it’s probably because the idea of disarming would be as unwise today as it would have been in ancient Israel. It doesn’t make sense to lay down weapons in a world where God has often used them to protect His people. But there’s another side to this question. No nation can control its own future by sheer military power alone.

The need for God’s resources was often emphasized in the Old Testament. The Lord reminded His people Israel that He could save them without bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen (Hos. 1:7). He would provide them with a kind of national security that was unknown to the rest of the world. As Psalm 2 indicates, the nations make a lot of noise and act as if their own strength is enough. But the Lord laughs at the exaggerated feelings of self-importance of leaders who think that the race is always “to the swift” or “the battle to the strong” (Eccl. 9:11).

Where is your confidence? If your trust is in the Lord, you will have security that no weapons can ever give. “Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him” (Ps. 2:12).