Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
Briefing: Every police career is built on a foundation. Our foundations are based on a mixture of academy, personal experience, and training. Think of your law enforcement career and what makes up your foundation.
Dispatch (Assignment): Make a list of the things that have influenced your foundation.
On the Street: What makes up the foundation of a house? My home, in North Central Texas, has a concrete foundation. If you have ever mixed or poured concrete you know it is not just a singular substance. Concrete is a mixture, made primarily with aggregate (sand, gravel, crushed stone, or recycled crushed concrete), cement, and water. Like our law enforcement foundation, it is a mixture of several different influences and experiences.
The things that make up a foundation are different for every person. My foundation is made up primarily of police academy (Dallas Police Department), my training by Field Training Officers in the South East division of Dallas PD, and my "little t" training. As a rookie in DPD, once you finish field training, you are required to ride with a veteran officer for several more months. You are not allowed to ride as a one man unit. This is called "little t" (unofficial training).
Once all my training was complete, I was officially released to full, solo duty. I began building the walls of my house/career. As our careers progresses we build the frame and structure of who we are. The police training classes, in-service, specialization certifications you gain, field experience, and the wisdom and knowledge you get from other officers are all part of a solid foundation in law enforcement.
There is a substantial amount of foundational knowledge found in Proverbs. The first step of building your faith is belief in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The next step is repenting of your sins and choosing to follow Christ by making Him the Lord and Savior of your life. Jesus Christ is our foundation. At this point you may be asking what Jesus (New Testament teaching) and Proverbs (Old Testament teaching) have in common. Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus is wisdom. He is described and prophesied about throughout all of Proverbs. The chapter titled "Jesus in Proverbs" will go into greater detail about this. You may want to pause here and read that chapter before going on. In the following verses, substitute Jesus for wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13-18 (HCSB), "Happy is a man who finds wisdom and who acquires understanding, for she is more profitable than silver, and her revenue is better than gold. She is more precious than jewels; nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left, riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant, and all her paths, peaceful. She is a tree of life to those who embrace her, and those who hold on to her are happy."
Proverbs 24:3-7 (NIV), "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. The wise prevail through great power, and those who have knowledge muster their strength. Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers. Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths."
Proverbs 7:1-27 (HCSB), "My son, obey my words, and treasure my commands. Keep my commands and live; protect my teachings as the pupil of your eye. Tie them to your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Say to wisdom, "You are my sister," and call understanding your relative. She will keep you from a forbidden woman, a stranger with her flattering talk. At the window of my house I looked through my lattice. I saw among the inexperienced, I noticed among the youths, a young man lacking sense. Crossing the street near her corner, he strolled down the road to her house at twilight, in the evening, in the dark of the night. A woman came to meet him dressed like a prostitute, having a hidden agenda. She is loud and defiant; her feet do not stay at home. Now in the street, now in the squares, she lurks at every corner. She grabs him and kisses him; she brazenly says to him, "I've made fellowship offerings; today I've fulfilled my vows. So I came out to meet you, to search for you, and I've found you. I've spread coverings on my bed?richly colored linen from Egypt. I've perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon. Come, let's drink deeply of lovemaking until morning. Let's feast on each other's love! My husband isn't home; he went on a long journey. He took a bag of money with him and will come home at the time of the full moon." She seduces him with her persistent pleading; she lures with her flattering talk. He follows her impulsively like an ox going to the slaughter, like a deer bounding toward a trap until an arrow pierces its liver, like a bird darting into a snare?he doesn't know it will cost him his life. Now, my sons, listen to me, and pay attention to the words of my mouth. Don't let your heart turn aside to her ways; don't stray onto her paths. For she has brought many down to death; her victims are countless. Her house is the road to Sheol, descending to the chambers of death."
Proverbs 8:12-14 (NIV), "I, wisdom, dwell together with prudence; I possess knowledge and discretion. To fear the Lord is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech. Counsel and sound judgment are mine; I have insight, I have power."
The tools and material are all here. It is up to us to start working on our foundation. Jesus was a carpenter, all we need to do is ask Him for help and He will build us a foundation that will last forever.
Investigational Resources: 1 Corinthians 2:1-14, James 3:17, Exodus 36:1
Officer Safety Principle: There is only one foundation that will last, the one built on Jesus Christ, the master carpenter.
from The Book of Proverbs Through the Eyes of a Cop
©2013 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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