Daily Devotional - "Through the Eyes of a Cop"
God in Control
Dispatch (Assignment): Read Genesis 50:1 - Exodus 2:10, Matthew 16:13 - 17:9, Psalm 21:1-13, and Proverbs 5:1-6.
Briefing: Do you believe that God is in control of all things? Do you believe that nothing that happens takes Him by surprise?
On the Street: (Genesis 50:20) Law enforcement officers are trained to avoid "tunnel vision". Like in Genesis 32:2, Joseph learned the lesson of not letting bad circumstances have a negative effect on his faith. Joseph's perspective on God's big plan, the big picture, is one we could all benefit from. When Joseph was faced with difficult circumstances, he did not get tunnel vision. Joseph saw God's plan, which allowed him to get past the hurtful things and not hold grudges for things that happened in the past. The statement, "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives" is a foundational understanding to a faith that puts all trust and hope in God.
Job had this kind of faith. When Job gets hit with the loss of all his wealth and the death of his children, he shows us what true faith is, "At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship". Next, his wife sees his suffering and suggests that he curse God and die. Job's response, "He replied, "You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?" Job trusted God during the bad because he believed that God had a purpose for what was happening to him. In Romans 8:28, Paul says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
Do we believe that the bad things in our life will turn out for good? Maturity in the Spirit is moving towards the absolute trust in the sovereignty of God. Even if bad things are happening to us, we must trust God.
Investigational Resources: Luke 9:62.
Officer Safety Principle: Moving forward and trusting God for the next thing in our life is a good way to live out life in this crazy world.
©2022 by Charles Gilliland. Used by permission.
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