He has and He will still. There are caveats though: We have to trust Him, we have to obey Him, and we have to stand back and let Him.
If we trust Him, we wonít resign ourselves to servitude because the costs of conflict are considered too great. Jesus said, "Greater love has no one but this, that one lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13, NASV). No greater act of faith in God exists than the conscious sacrifice of our courageous men and women in uniform for the good of others. In the light of eternity, nothing that has happened to us in this life, other than our acceptance of Christ as our Savior, will appear to have been very important. What we accomplished will matter little; for whom we made the effort will matter much.
If we obey Him, we will love our enemies and pray for those who hate us. That doesnít mean we will roll over and play dead (Romans 13:4). It does mean we will take action at the direction of our civil leaders, and that they should have been prayerfully motivated to pursue the course of action they ordered.
If we are going to stand back and let Him, we cannot resort to expedient fixes when doing the right thing doesnít seem to get us where we want to go quickly enough.
As the sheriff I served under used to remind me when we confronted a challenge, "God is still on His throne." We may make a muck of His perfect plan for us, but His will is going to prevail in the end. Our faith in His love should be strong enough that we can stay the course and leave the outcome in His hands.
Our law enforcement experience helps us to understand that the war on terror will not be won quickly, nor by being complacent, nor by treating the enemy like they were a criminal defendant with Constitutional rights. Wars are won by prayerful planning, faithful perseverance, courageous action, and Godís blessing.
Pray for Godís continued blessing and guidance and that this nationís leaders will seek and follow His will. And, that you and I will do our part well.
God bless America.
Until next time,
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