A Prayer for Soldiers
By Emma Danzey
Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
The life of a soldier is a life of sacrifice. It is dedication and selflessness. It is putting others' lives above one’s own to protect a nation. We see countless soldiers throughout the Bible. Men of God would fight in battles and many times see incredible victories because of the Lord. It is one thing to know that there are soldiers, it is another to know one or be related to one personally. Although war is a result of sin, God does not avoid it. In fact, there is a spiritual war going on. Jesus already won the battle. The Lord knows and personally relates to soldiers. He knows the great sacrifice and lengths that men and women go to in order to protect and serve their people. Jesus Himself modeled laying down His life for the world in a battle against sin and death. God cares about soldiers, He was the best of them, fighting the battle against His adversary, the Devil.
Today’s verse reminds us, that we do not need to be afraid or discouraged because God is with us wherever we go, and we can be strong and courageous because of Him. Soldiers' lives are unpredictable. They might wake up on a base and get called overseas, to sleep in a foreign land that night. They could be in the most dangerous places trying to protect others from harm. They might be separated from family and friends for extended periods of time. However, one thing remains, that Christ never leaves them, He is with them wherever they go and He is with us too.
Lifting our elections up to the Lord helps all of us keep the focus on the most important topics as well as softens our hearts to love everyone, even those with whom we may disagree. Believing differently shouldn't stop us from sharing God's love and His Word with others.