March 21, 2018 – Wednesday
Psalm 34:17 [NIV] The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.
Luke 10:33 [NIV] But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
It was 13 degrees (Fahrenheit) when I arrived on the scene of a non-violent bank robbery. The teller described the robber as an old man wearing shorts and without a weapon. My partner and I thought it strange that the robber was wearing shorts because it was so cold. Because he did not have a car, we located him in the nearby area within the hour.
I learned the robber had been rejected in nearly every way possible. Fired from his job, he couldn’t pay his rent and, quickly, he got evicted. Hungry and not knowing where to go, he called an ambulance and feigned a heart attack. He was quickly discharged from the hospital, having no symptoms. He spent the night in the lobby, and again he attempted unsuccessfully to get admitted to the ER. He continued to stay in the lobby until he was banned from the hospital. He was sent walking in below-freezing weather in only a pair of shorts. He then entered the bank, and told the employee to give him some money.
How many times did this man cry for help? Granted, robbing a bank isn’t the answer, but the robbery barely scratches the surface. Scripture reminds us that the Lord hears the cry of His flock, but our Lord also requires His flock to help the lamb in trouble.
It does not matter, the nature of your profession or job. How often do you reject others when they cry for help? As a Christian public servant, you are bound to carry out the Lord’s will and deliver others from trouble – regardless of it being an easy or hard thing to do.
Today at work, listen for our Lord. You may not hear the cry for help, but He will. And
He will let you know when it’s time to deliver one of His lambs.
Dear Lord, please keep me alert in my job so I can carry out Your will and lift others who are crushed in this world. Help me do this so that others will do the same for me when I am crushed. Let me do this to glorify You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Matt Douglas MCJ
in a mid-south law enforcement agency
and MPA Candidate
Jackson, Mississippi USA