Many people think of God as a Being who made the world originally but who long ago ceased to take any interest in it, let alone intervene in its affairs. But this is not the case: He is a God who sees and knows everything (verses 13,14) – including the motives behind the actions (verse 15). And He is no mere spectator:
“The eyes of the LORD are on those who fear Him,
on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.” (verse 18)
His people are under His loving care – and can give countless testimonies to His provision for their needs.
The rulers of this world may appear to do as they will, forever fighting wars and making (or breaking) treaties; but ultimately all human ambitions and decisions will be made to serve the purposes of God. It is His plan that will be carried forward to its conclusion, for it can never be frustrated or overthrown (verses 10,11).
Most of the time, this is far from obvious. To the eyes of the world, it therefore appears that ‘might is right’. Now power and skill do indeed count for something; but they are insufficient on their own. So even the greatest army can never be certain of victory, and force does not always have the last word (verses 16,17). Israel was always a small and vulnerable nation, surrounded by more powerful and frequently hostile neighbours. But time and time again, she experienced deliverances that could only be described as miraculous. Her security was not in her puny military resources, but in her relationship with Almighty God.
“Devise your strategy, but it will be thwarted;
propose your plan, but it will not stand,
for God is with us.” (Isaiah 8:10)
And He can be the source of our security as well – even in the age of the computer and the smart missile. He is a God in whom we can trust; and those who trust in Him will not be disappointed.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people He chose for His inheritance.” (verse 12)