Jeremiah 46:3-5 – 3 “Order the buckler and shield, And draw near to battle! 4 Harness the horses, And mount up, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets, Polish the spears, Put on the armor!
I have been fortunate to serve as a chaplain to a local police agency for the past 4 years. During that time, I have learned a lot of what it takes to be a police officer, the challenges they face everyday and how much it takes to prepare for duty. Before an officer begins their shift, they must first prepare for any and all situations they may face that day. They must make sure they have the proper equipment on for protection. They must make sure that the armory they will carry on them and in the car are ready and in working order. They must make sure their vehicle is functioning and ready to go. It takes a lot for an officer to be ready for their shift.
As I was reading this scripture today, I was reminded of all of the brave men and women that serve our local communities by protecting us every day. I also began to think that the preparation that officers go through each day is similar to what we as Christians must do. We will all encounter daily “battles” because of our belief in Jesus Christ. We are called to “mount up, you horsemen! Stand forth with your helmets, Polish the spears, Put on the armor!”. We will never be successful in our walk unless we are prepared, equipped and ready for what lies ahead that day. As you wake in the morning and prepare to leave the house, don’t forget to get dressed with the armor of God.
I pray for blessings today for you on your Journey!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
This is a verse that is often misquoted. It is most often quoted as God will work all things together for good — so do not worry. The portion about “to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” is dropped off.
Loving God means living according to His Word and living to please Him in all areas of your life. Please him with your words, your actions, your finances, your time . . . While I realize we are an imperfect people, we still need to strive to be Christ like in all areas of our life. Trying to live without sinning and if we do, we are truly repentant. We don’t wake up day after day saying sorry for the same sin, because that is not repentance. When we really come to the point in our life where all we are is “in for Jesus” we can rest assured that no matter what challenging circumstance comes our way in life — He will work it for good. There is a comfort and peace in that beyond anything this earth can give us.
Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.
This is an encouraging word to those who love him and keep his commandments. The word covenant means a promise to this People. The word steadfast means that his love to His People is loyal, faithful, committed, devoted, dedicated, dependable, reliable, steady, true, constant, and solid. Wow! I want every bit of that love and I want every promise fulfilled in my life, not just for me, but for my children, and their children, and their children . . . for generations may His promises and love surround my family.
I know that my actions today effect my children and generations in my family line. I pray that we all seek to love God with every part of our life and that we all seek to live according to His Word. When we do, we can take great comfort in knowing we have the Mighty Hand of a faithful and great God covering us and our family.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
Sometimes in life we are faced with situations that we cannot change. The attitude and conflict of the lost, bad decisions by others with serious consequences, the rejection of Christ when you have tried to deliver the good news, a terminal disease, living in daily pain either in your heart or body . . . The list goes on and on. Often our first response is to desperately search to find a way to deal with the circumstance on our own, in our own humanness. We quickly find there is no rest, the burden is heavy and we are left with no peace. And then, the light goes on! Go to the light!
When our heart is deeply troubled by circumstances beyond what we can control, there is only one place to turn to make us feel better — that is to Jesus. May his peace and comfort be yours today.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.
As I have gotten older, I have seen different parts of my body start to fail me. It is scary because in the larger scheme in life, I am relatively young. When I read this verse, I feel encouraged. For this “light momentary affliction” I feel today in my knees, my eyes, my body . . . is my preparation for eternity. I don’t think I ever looked at my bodily failings as such. Lets start looking at our life that way. Not just when our body fails us, but when life fails us — remember it is transient — it will all surely pass in time and we are being prepared for something far greater! Amen! May the joy of the Lord be yours today in all circumstances!