Police Devotional

“And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was he doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” (Genesis 39:20-23)

Joseph was a Hebrew who had been sold by his brothers, but God was with him. An Egyptian captain named Potiphar bought him. Joseph was honest and industrious. God blessed Joseph’s work in Potiphar’s house, and Potiphar made Joseph overseer over all his goods. Unfortunately, Potiphar’s wife kept hitting on Joseph to have an affair with her. He didn’t just tell her “no;” he also told her why. He said, “…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Genesis 39:9) That was pretty bold, to tell a high-ranking military officer’s wife that she was wicked. She probably didn’t appreciate that comment, but Joseph was determined to do right.

One day she grabbed his garment, trying again to seduce him. He refused and fled, leaving the garment behind. Now she was mad. She told the house servants and her husband that Joseph had tried to rape her. She even showed the garment as evidence. Now in Egypt, whom do you think everyone would believe: a high-ranking captain’s wife, or a young Hebrew slave?

So Joseph found himself in a foreign prison. His situation looked pretty miserable. However, look at our passage: “But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy…” God allowed the whole situation with Potiphar’s wife play out, but God had not abandoned Joseph. Look at what happened to Joseph in the prison. He was put into a place of authority over the other prisoners. “The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” People could see something different about Joseph. Even as a foreign prisoner, Joseph had integrity, served the Lord and did his best, and God blessed him in the middle of his predicament.

As a cop, you may find yourself in a bad situation that’s not your fault, like Joseph did. You may be in a place you don’t like, with a boss you don’t like or who doesn’t like you. You may not get a transfer to some great unit that you think you deserve. If you know Jesus as your Saviour, don’t be like some officers who say, “The city messed me over, so I’m not doing any work.” You don’t “get back at the city” by doing that—you sin against God, misuse taxpayer money by being lazy, and hurt innocent citizens who need your help. Maybe you got a bum deal, but so did Joseph. Psalms 37:3 says, “Trust in the LORD, and do good.” Ask the Lord to help you deal with it in a right way. Ask Him to use the situation to reach others with the gospel. Then trust in Him to work it out, and serve the Lord on the job by doing your best.

Most importantly, if you’ve not seen in the Bible how to have God’s forgiveness for sins and eternal life, please click on the “How do I go to Heaven?” link on the sidebar.

Brian Miller 3/24/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

Police Devotional

“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree…” (I Peter 2:24)

An officer working an impound desk took a call from a man who wanted his car released from the lot. The officer asked for the car’s VIN number. The man gave it using phonetics such as “One George Three Charlie Robert…“ The officer was surprised that the man knew the phonetic alphabet and asked if he’d been a cop. He said, “No, but I’ve been arrested a bunch of times.”

As a cop, you’ve probably dealt with people who have “been arrested a bunch of times.” One drunkard was arrested so often that the police just made a copy of his booking card. Then when he was brought in—usually was too drunk to make any sense—they used the info off the old card to make a new card. They just changed the date, time, and location of arrest.

It’s too bad that people end up having a “record a mile long,” but here’s a good illustration of the truth in our passage. It’s about Jesus, Who “bare our sins in his own body on the tree.” You’ve probably heard many times that Jesus died for your sins. Did you ever stop to think, though, about what it actually means, that Jesus died for your sins?

Just for the sake of the illustration, let’s say you commit ten sins a day. That means thoughts, words, and deeds. Ten sins a day means 3,650 sins per year. Over ten years, that’s 36,500 sins. Over seventy years, that’s 255,500 sins. Multiply 255,500 times the world’s population of say, six billion, and the number of sins for which Jesus died is huge. If you try to figure in all those who have died throughout history, and all of their 255,500 sins, you almost can’t count that high.

Now go back to your own sins. If you don’t think your sins are that bad, do this: write down each sin you’ve ever committed in your life, even as a child. You may not remember them all, but you will remember some. Write them down. As you write, you may remember more sins. Write them down. You may remember some really disgraceful, embarrassing things you‘ve done. God knows about them, too. Write them down.  Whatever sinful thoughts you’ve had, write them down, too. “The thought of foolishness is sin,” as it says in Proverbs 24:9. Be honest when you do this.

You’ll see then that you have “a sin record a mile long.” Each of your sins—and you don’t know the actual count—is offensive to a holy God. Each sin alone is enough to separate you from God: “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God” (Isaiah 59:2). Each sin alone is enough to condemn you to eternity in hell: “For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23). “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:14).

Yet God in his love put all your sins on his Son, the Lord Jesus, and Jesus “bare our sins [including all of yours] in his own body on the tree.”  Now do you see how meaningful it is that “Jesus died for your sins?” If you want to know how to have God’s forgiveness of your sins and eternal life by receiving Jesus as Saviour, please click “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar.

Brian Miller 3/16/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822

 

Police Devotional

“And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which hast kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.” (I Samuel 25:32-33)

After killing Goliath, David was a national hero in Israel, but King Saul was insanely jealous of him and wanted to kill him. As a result, David fled. One day he would be Israel’s king; Saul knew that. For the time being, though, he was basically a fugitive with a loyal following.

On one occasion, David’s men protected a group of shepherds who worked for a man named Nabal. He was very rich but was also “…churlish and evil in his doings” (I Samuel 25:3). Nabal was cruel and hard-hearted. David later sent some of his men to tell Nabal how his men had helped protect Nabal’s workers and to ask Nabal for some provisions. Nabal was rude to them and gave them nothing. When David’s men reported back to him about how Nabal had treated them, David was furious. He amassed his men to fight against Nabal.

One of Nabal’s workers told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, what had happened. He verified that David’s men had treated the shepherds well and protected them. He warned her that because of Nabal‘s action against David and his men “evil is determined against our master, and against all his household: for he is such a son of Belial, that a man cannot speak to him.” (1 Samuel 25:17) A “son of Belial” is a wicked person—that was Nabal.

Abigail quickly took action. She put together a huge peace offering of food and provision for David and his men but didn’t tell Nabal what she was doing. She stopped David and his men as they were en route to attack Nabal’s household. She gave them the gifts and asked David not to attack. She knew that Nabal was wrong for what he did, but she also knew that David would be wrong to shed blood over this offense and that he’d regret his hasty action later. He took Abigail‘s advice, accepted her gift, and didn’t attack. Our opening passage is part of David’s response.

If you do aggressive police work, you’re doing a tough job. You deal with vicious people who don’t care about other people’s lives or yours. They only care about themselves. They’ll prey on innocent people and put you at risk. They also know you’re human and may try to provoke you to do or say something in the heat of emotion that you will later regret.

If you see another officer being provoked into an angry response, just as Nabal provoked David into an angry response, don’t be afraid to step in for the officer’s good. Pull the suspect away if you have to. In a way, you’re doing what Abigail did for David—intervening to protect a good officer from doing something that would mess up his career.

If you haven’t seen in the Bible how to have your sins forgiven and have a home in heaven, please go click “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar.

Brian Miller 3/10/2015

Cleveland Baptist Church 4431 Tiedeman Road, Brooklyn, Ohio 44144 216/671-2822