Daily Devotions with Spurgeon: 4th August

Victory Without Battle

But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen. (Hosea 1:7)

Jehovah Himself will deliver His people in the greatness of His mercy, but He will not do it by the ordinary means. Men are slow to render to God the glory due unto His name. If they go to battle with sword and bow, and win, they magnify their own right arm and glory in their horses and horsemen. For this reason our Jehovah often determines to save His people without second means, that all the honour may be to Himself alone.

Look to the Lord alone and not to man. Expect to see God all the more clearly when there is no one else to look to. If I have no one at my back, let me be confident if I can feel that the Lord is on my side. Why do I ask for horses and horsemen if Jehovah Himself lifts up His arm for my defense! Let me trust and not be afraid from this day forth.

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