Two decades after World War I, which officially ended November 11, 1918, the U.S. passed legislation to have a legal holiday on each November 11th, honoring veterans who served in that war. As time marched on and more wars were fought, Veterans Day became a national holiday honoring American veterans of all wars.
Before personally knowing someone who fought in a war, I didn’t give much thought to Veterans Day, other than the commercial aspect of a few good sales. When I think of my previously flippant recognition of this important day, I am ashamed.
My father fought in world war ll in the Navy on the U.S.S. Nashville. They were called the humble heroes and though he never really talked about at home, I found out that they truly were heroes when I read a book about them. I never had the chance to thank him for his service and I am so very proud of him.
I have a nephew J.D. who fought in Iraq as a Marine and did many tours of duty there. Though he never really talked about it. He was fighting for our rights to live with freedom that many countries do not have. I am thankful for every person that has the courage to serve our great country! Freedom is not free and I am so very thankful for these great warriors who are willing to lay down their lives for us and they ask for nothing in return. That is true bravery.
King David, who commanded armies and trusted in the Lord during times of battle, wrote these words in Psalms 3:
O LORD, I have so many enemies; so many are against me. So many are saying, "God will never rescue him!"
But you, O LORD, are a shield around me; you are my glory, the one who holds my head high. I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me from his holy mountain.
I lay down and slept, yet I woke up in safety, for the LORD was watching over me. I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies who surround me on every side.
Arise, O LORD! Rescue me, my God! Slap all my enemies in the face! Shatter the teeth of the wicked! Victory comes from you, O LORD. May you bless your people.
Some may question how God can allow the tragedies witnessed in war. This much is true: murder and strife came with the fall of mankind, Cain killed Abel, wars fill the pages of scripture, and God's chosen people hated and crucified His only son, Jesus Christ. But despite the evil deeds of mankind, God still showers people with love (John 3:16) and offers us eternal life with Him.
May we all feel the supernatural love of Christ to help us through times we still can’t make sense of and to guide us into His precious peace that surpasses all understanding.
I hope that you enjoyed this devotional as much as I did. God bless you!!! Maranatha!!!