Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"

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Dispatch (Assignment): Read Numbers 26:52 - 28:15, Luke 3:1-22, Psalm 61:1-8, and Proverbs 11:16-17.

Briefing: Were you mentored as a rookie? If you had a field training officer, then the answer is yes. Were you ever mentored after your field training? Have you considered mentoring a young officer, someone new to the shift?

On the Street: (Numbers 27:18-23) Law enforcement departments are supposed to operate as one unit. There should be no political divisions along party lines, much like the verse in Mark 3:25, "a house divided cannot stand", a department that is divided will be in ruins. Thankfully, the Israelites had not made political parties amongst themselves. There was a group that was definitely against God, but they had been killed off. The rest of the first generation that came out of Egypt died in the plague mentioned in 26:1. Here we see a smooth transition of leadership from Moses to Joshua.

A big reason for the success of this transition was the fact that Moses had been intentional about including and training Joshua. Moses had prepared Joshua to succeed him as the leader of the nation. He started training Joshua forty years earlier when they were leaving Egypt.

This training, and preparation of leaders, needs to take place at every level of law enforcement. From the Chief to the street officer, we all have a responsibility to train up the next generation of leaders.

Officer Safety Principle: We should be praying for and training up the leaders of tomorrow. Mentorship opens the door for discipleship.

©2022 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
All scripture quotations are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.
The One Year Bible © by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.

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