When I was young and growing up on a farm I would often ride along with my father in the tractor as he worked the fields. And when I rode with him I always had to have a job. I wanted to help. And so dad would often have me just run the hydraulic levers to raise and lower the equipment as he made the turns. It didn’t seem like much but it was something I can do to help.
You know as Christians, as we love one another, we look for ways in which we can help each other. But often we can’t be right next to the people that need our help the most. Today I’d like you to consider how we can help the men and women who serve in our military.
In the book of Romans Chapter 13 God is talking about are government servants and it extends into our military servants and he refers to them as God’s servants, for your good.
For he [the authority] is God’s servant for your good. (Romans 13:4)
These men and women are serving their nation and they’re serving you. And often their service can be quite difficult. They can be separated from their families for long periods of time. They can serve in unfamiliar places even very dangerous places and we can’t be right there to lend a hand.
But there’s certainly something we can do. Pray for your soldiers. Pray for their safety. Pray for the military families who are left back at home. Remember to praise God for all the protection and guidance he has given them so far as they do their duties to keep us safe.
Remember God is always trying to protect us and watch over us. Jesus came to be the ultimate soldier for us as he lived and served for us and then gave his life to save us from destruction. Our spiritual enemies of Satan and sin. They threaten us constantly. But Jesus came to overcome them and win us eternal freedom in heaven.
God continues to extend his care and his protection into our lives as well in part through the men and women who serve in our military. So remember to keep them in your prayers. We can’t be right there with them, we can’t lend a hand, but God tells us that he hears our prayers. He tells us that our prayers have a powerful effect.
So pray for them. Praise God for sending Jesus who saved us eternally. Thank God for giving us so many who are willing to serve us and keep us safe. To God alone be the glory. Amen.