Saber Rattling
by PamFord Davis

Do you hear the sound of saber rattling?

We live in perilous times.

“The total number of chief officers of the mighty men of valor was two thousand six hundred. And under their authority was an army of three hundred and seven thousand five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy. Then Uzziah prepared for them, for the entire army, shields, spears, helmets, body armor, bows, and slings to cast stones. And he made devices in Jerusalem, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and large stones. So his fame spread far and wide, for he was marvelously helped till he became strong (2 Chronicles 26:12-21 NKJV).”

A nation’s military strength is a deterrent to warfare by enemies. Yet, our greatest strength is found in the Lord.

“This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel:
‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts (Zechariah 4:6b NKJV).”

King Uzziah had the sin of pride in his heart.

“But when he was strong his heart was lifted up, to his destruction, for he transgressed against the Lord his God by entering the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense (2 Chronicles 26:16 NKJV).”

Only priests were permitted to burn the incense on the altar. The LORD struck King Uzziah with leprosy. (2 Chronicles 26:19-23)


Devotionals are her first love in writing. Published articles in Mature Living Magazine, Devotions for the Deaf, The Secret Place, Light from the Word, Coosa Journal, With God Daily, Mary Hollingsworth's The One Year Devotional of Joy and Laughter.

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