Weekly Devotional | Thankful for Our Veterans

Our safety is in God’s hands these days—we had better not forget that.

Rev. Seth Buckner,
Heritage Baptist Church

Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” I trust in God fully, but I would be a fool not to be thankful for another person who keeps us safe. This person is the American soldier.

Most of this year, one of our members has been deployed overseas in dangerous areas, and we have spent a lot of time praying and worrying over him. Anyone that has ever had a friend or loved one deployed knows that that feels like. Thank the Lord, he has returned stateside in recent days. Our veterans and active military sacrifice much to keep us free, and we should be thankful for every one of them.

We have several in our congregation that have served in the military. Through the years, some of them have opened up to me about their experiences. I have talked with soldiers in recent days who have nightmares every night and rarely get a good night’s sleep. In spite of that, they are not sorry for keeping us free. They would gladly do it again for freedom’s sake.

Unlike many in other countries, I went to bed last night in perfect peace. Other than trying to digest some latenight fast food, I slept fine and without worry of attack by foreign powers. Much of that can be attributed to our brave soldiers and military that keep us safe. Of course, as stated earlier, God is the ultimate safety in any situation.

Psalms 4:8 says, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.” I love the song we sang at church this past Sunday that says, “My country, ‘tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, From every mountain-side Let freedom ring.”

The last verse tells us, “Our fathers’ God, to Thee, Author of liberty, To Thee we sing; Long may our land be bright With freedom’s holy light, Protect us by Thy might, Great God, our King.”

I encourage you to thank a soldier for their sacrifice, and on your knees tonight to thank God for His ultimate sacrifice. We are very blessed this Thanksgiving season.


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