Police Devotion 8/19/2015

“And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them: And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.” Job 1:14-15

Job was a servant of God. He was also wealthy and had ten children. God had put a hedge of protection around him. One day Satan challenged God. He said that Job only served God because He protected him, but if God let Job’s possessions be harmed, Job would curse God to His face. Satan asked God for permission to trouble Job in this way. God gave it, and the devil went to work. If you look at our opening passage, you’ll see the first thing that happened. A group known as the Sabeans attacked Job’s property. The servants were farming and caring for the livestock, and these Sabeans came without provocation and stole Job’s livestock and murdered his servants in cold blood.

The Bible doesn’t say much about the Sabeans. This passage tells us that they—at least some of them—were a gang of bloodthirsty criminals. Imagine what a horrific scene it was after they left: dead bodies lying contorted all over the ground with gushing wounds and throats cut. Did you ever have to handle a gruesome homicide scene? If you did, you can probably still remember some of the sickening details.

What does this passage tell us? For one thing, it tells us that the devil uses people who are willing to do wrong. This probably wasn’t the first time that these Sabean thugs had done something like this. Why did they choose Job’s property this time? Because Satan enticed them to do it. They probably learned of Job’s property, thought it was a good idea to do what they did, and went ahead with their plan to massacre the servants and steal the livestock. Little did they know that Satan had led them. Whether they knew or even cared, they were acting as his servants, doing his dirty work.

What can you do with this passage? One thing you can do is share it with someone you arrest. The next time you arrest someone, especially for a violent crime and especially if he’s in a gang, you might want to ask him at the booking window, “How does it feel to serve Satan?” Ask in a serious way, not joking. If he looks at you funny, tell him the story of the Sabeans. He may be shocked that a cop knows anything about the Bible, but maybe—just maybe—he’ll listen. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” God’s word is powerful. He uses it to deal with people’s hearts about their wrongdoing like no man can.

Why would you say that to a suspect? You would do it because you’re the police. You’re the good guy, no matter what the media or anyone else says otherwise. You risk your life fighting criminals, and unlike most of them, you care about people, even people who do wrong. You don’t want people’s lives destroyed if you can help avoid it. Your young suspect may go on in his criminal career and end up being shot to death by a home owner, or the police, or even by another thug. People might make a memorial with flowers and teddy bears tied to a pole for him, but that wouldn’t help him, because if he died without Christ as Saviour, he’d spend eternity in hell with the devil that he had chosen to serve. You wouldn’t want that, would you?

By sharing the story of the Sabeans, you’re really showing him love, “tough love”; certainly more love than his thug buddies do. Wouldn’t it be great to learn later that he went straight and even accepted Christ because some cop told him about the Sabeans? God can do amazing things in people’s lives with His word.

Please click “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar to the right to see how to receive Jesus as your personal Saviour and to be sure of going to heaven.

Brian Miller 8/19/2015

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

Police Devotional 8-12-15

“When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; Until I went into the sanctuary of God”  (Psalm 73:16-17)

John 5:19 says, “…the whole world lieth in wickedness.” Cops understand the truth of that statement far better than most people. As a cop, you see some of the vilest human behavior on earth. A Bible-believing church is supposed to be, among other things, a sanctuary from the world’s wickedness. “…strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.” (Psalm 96:6). A Bible church is a place where Jesus’ name is revered, not used as a swear word; a place where God’s Word is honored, not ridiculed; a place for music to honor the Lord and turn attention to Him, not to draw a crowd by appealing to worldly musical tastes.

A Bible church is a place to renew your strength for spiritual battle. As a Christian, though, you’re likely to be tempted to quit church because of all the sin you see on the job. That’s what the psalmist went through in Psalm 73. He said, “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.” (verses 2-3). The psalmist had wrong thinking. He had become envious of wicked people.

What did he see? He saw that they held power: “…their strength is firm.” (verse 4).  They got away with wrongdoing: “They are not in trouble as other men…” (verse 5). They were full of themselves: “Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain…” (verse 6).  They were filthy rich: “…they have more than heart could wish.” (verse 7). They were dishonest: They are corrupt…” (verse 8). They blasphemed God: “They set their mouth against the heavens…” (verse 9). They didn’t fear God: “And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?” (verse 11). He also saw that, for all their wickedness, they seemed to do very well: “Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.” (verse 12).
He started to think that he was wasting his time striving to live right and please the Lord: “Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency.” (verse 13). He complained about his life: “For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.” (verse 14). The whole situation was painful to think about: “When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;” (verse 16).

“Until I went into the sanctuary of God…” (verse 17). When he went to church with God’s people and heard God’s music and God’s Word, God made him see the end of the wicked: “…then understood I their end. Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.” (verses 17-19).
The writer was ashamed of his lack of faith: “Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.” (verses 21-22). He was glad, though, that God had reassured him of His love and eternal presence: “Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.” (verses 23-24). God was his help amid his human frailty: “My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” (verse 26). He concluded, “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.” (verse 28).

So with all the sin you see, don’t think that God isn’t in control or that serving Him is a waste. “Draw near to God” by faithfully going to a Bible-believing church. God will encourage your heart with His music, His people, and His word. If you want to see in the Bible how to be sure that you’ll go to heaven when you die, please click, “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar to the right.

Brian Miller 8/12/2015

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

Police Devotional 8/6/2015

“For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” (Romans 13:4)
The word “police” isn’t used in this verse, but in a way, police work is described here. The “minister” described in this verse is a minister of God to people for good, but also a minister “to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.” The main job of police is to deal with people who do evil and commit crime.

Interestingly, the person in this passage is called a “minister.” Did you ever think of yourself as a minister? You may think of a “minister” as a man who preaches from the Bible; at least ministers are supposed to do that. Some so-called “ministers” don’t, and really shouldn’t call themselves ministers or preachers. At any rate, a Bible description of a minister is one who serves others. That is what police do—serve the public by dealing with criminals. So, in a way, the police really are ministers.

What’s the difference between a job and a ministry? A job is basically something you do to make a living. A ministry is also a job that you do to make a living, but more importantly, it’s a job that God gives to you and one you do to serve Him. If you’re an officer, did you know that God gave you the job? You may never have thought of it that way, but it’s true. Romans 13:1 says, “the powers that be are ordained of God.” The phrase “the powers that be” means government authority, which includes you.

A ministry is also a service that may have odd hours or be under difficult conditions. Most people start their job at a certain time, quit at a certain time, and work in a certain environment. A ministry, though, is a job that God may call you to do at some odd hour or under some unusual condition.  Your police job has a start time and a quitting time, but on any given day, an emergency could come up, and you’d go into overtime. For instance, if a store is being robbed at gunpoint near the end of your shift, you can’t just say, “I’m off the clock in twenty minutes. Let the next shift handle it.” As a cop, you’re a minister, a servant of God. That’s no way for a minister to act. You’re needed right away.

You may be off-duty and see an incident that requires police action. If it’s something dangerous, you don’t need to take a stupid chance on getting killed; but if people need help in some way, you should do what you reasonably can. You can’t just ignore people in need, just because you don’t feel like taking action. God gave you this ministry of police work. It’s your job to serve Him with it.

What if your loved one was in a terrible accident, and a doctor or nurse passed by but kept driving because he was “off the clock?” Or what if you had some awful personal crisis in your family and needed to talk with the pastor—the minister—of your church right away? What would you do if you called him at about 9:30 p.m., but he said, “Sorry, but I quit at 5:00 and I don’t do overtime.”

You’d be furious! What kind of minister would say that? Any decent minister of God’s Word would be embarrassed even at the thought of doing that. He’s got a calling from God to serve the Lord by serving people in need. That’s the job of a minister: to help people in need. In another way, the job of a police “minister” is just as important. Be sure to treat it like it is—an important job that God gave you.

Do you want to see in the Bible how to be sure of going to heaven when you die? If you do, please click “How do I go to Heaven?” on the sidebar to the right.

Brian Miller 8/6/2015

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