God Arms Us with Strength

It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect.

Psalm 18:32

Power is one thing more coveted by man. Since the beginning of history, many men have struggled to be powerful. Some have taken their lust for power beyond their national borders. In this sense, these men have caused wars of conquest which has killed millions of people. In almost all cases, these ambitious of power ended badly. Only when our power comes from God, our path is perfect.

Among the most ambitious men of power in human history highlights three: Alexander the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolf Hitler. All were causing terrible wars in three different periods: ancient times, centuries XVIII and XIX, and XX century. Each dragged his nation into a struggle for world supremacy. All they carried out the conquest of extensive territories of other countries.

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) was king of Macedonia from 336 BC until his death. In 334 BC he sent his army against the powerful and extensive Persian Empire which he conquered. It became a domain that stretched Greece, Egypt, Anatolia, the Middle East and Central Asia to the Indus and Oxus rivers. Having advanced to India’s his troop’s refusal to continue eastward forced him to return to Babylon, where he died without completing his plans of conquest of the Arabian Peninsula.

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) over a period of just over a decade, acquired control of most of Western and Central Europe and only after his defeat at the Battle of Nations near Leipzig, in October 1813, he was forced to abdicate a few months later. He returned to France and to power during the brief period called the Hundred Days and he was decisively defeated at the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium, being exiled by the British to the island of St. Helena, where he died.

Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was the President and Chancellor of Germany between 1933 and 1945 brought to power the Nazi party and led a totalitarian regime during the period known as the Third Reich or Nazi Germany. He was also who led Germany during World War II, initiated by him with the main purpose to fulfill their expansionist plans in Europe. Hitler and his former mistress Eva Braun committed suicide to avoid being captured by the Red Army; then their bodies were burned.

In contrast to these three fateful men in the story, we see what God did with King Solomon. 1 Chronicles 29:25: So the Lord exalted Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed on him such royal majesty as had not been on any king before him in Israel. Solomon’s power had been given by God and his reign remained alone. Only when Solomon turned away from God to worship other gods led to the division of his kingdom at his death. We understand what King David wrote in Psalm 18:32 that anyone who adheres to us and perfects our way is God. Let’s go on the assumption that we are powerful because over us is the Almighty. God bless you.


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