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Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: When I hear the word protect, I immediately think, "To Protect and Serve". I picture myself as a protector, not someone who needs protecting.
Dispatch (Assignment): If you were appointed chief of your department and your city council asked for your mission statement, what would you include? Would you mention the word protect?
On the Street: When we talk about officer safety and the safety of our public, whose safety comes first? The officer's does. Why? If the officer is injured or hurt they can't help the person who called them for help. There are two questions I want us to think about. Who protects us and what do we need protection from?
Who protects us? If we place our trust and faith in God, He has out back. What do we need protection from? We need protection from the evil one and his forces. Satan's desire is to kill, steal, and destroy (John 10:10).
David was arguably the greatest king Israel ever had. Some of my favorite characters of the Bible were David's mighty men. As a boy I would dream of the adventures they had and pretend to be one of "the three mighty men". God surrounded David with some of the most courageous warriors of all time. David had an incredible army at his side. Even with all that power he still wrote some of the greatest verses about putting his trust in God and needing God's protections (The book of Psalms). David was a great warrior and king. David knew where his protection was.
Read the following proverbs and think about being someone in need of protection instead of being the protector.
Proverbs 10:29 (NIV), "The way of the Lord is a refuge for the blameless, but it is the ruin of those who do evil."
Proverbs 11:4 (NIV), "Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death."
Proverbs 11:8 (NIV), "The righteous person is rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead."
Proverbs 18:10 (NIV), "The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."
Proverbs 6:1-5 (NIV), "My son, if you have put up security for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, (then) you have been trapped by what you said, ensnared by the words of your mouth. So do this, my son, to free yourself, since you have fallen into your neighbor's hands: Go?to the point of exhaustion? and give your neighbor no rest! Allow no sleep to your eyes, no slumber to your eyelids. Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler."
Do not depend on anyone, other than God, for your security. We see this repeated in the Old Testament where God tells Israel not to depend on Egypt for safety and security. He tells them not to make treaties with other nations but to trust Him. We have to put our faith, hope, and trust in God to be our protector.
Investigational Resources: Psalms and Ephesians 6:10-18 (The Armor of God)
Officer Safety Principle: Are you protected?
from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2013 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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