God and War

by Stan Mitchell
“The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord” (Proverbs 21:31, ESV).
America is at war. When the media oohs and ahhs over the smart technology at our disposal, I think that I am much more in awe of the bravery of the men and women who are fighting. I am all at once, anxious, fascinated, and proud of the soldiers who are defending our freedom.
But beyond the caliber of our forces, beyond the wizardry of the technology, is another factor that we dare not ignore.
There is God.
A lot is said these days about God’s role in war. Is God is against all wars? Is he on our side in this war? Have we consulted him on the matter?
I think it would be an excellent thing if we gave some thought as to the conditions under which God might fight for us. They might have less to do with military planning, and more with mighty praying, less with war readiness and more with national righteousness.
We will be asking ourselves how we might help. Demonstrating against these brave young people would be distinctly demoralizing. Don’t do that! I am all for displaying a flag, honking my horn to support the troops and sending gift packages.
But I suggest we do something much more powerful than that. We can lower ourselves to our knees in humility. We can seek the guidance of the Most High Command. We can become a righteous nation, not so much in the conduct of national policy, but in the conduct of our personal lives.
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God” (Psalm 20:7).

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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