The Christian Public Servant – “death’s grip at any moment”


May 22, 2018 – Tuesday


Psalm 27:1 [KJV] The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?


Recently, a coworker was involved in a deadly confrontation that many in law enforcement pray we will never face. It was a “routine” traffic stop that turned deadly in a matter of minutes. The situation was so dire and the odds seemingly insurmountable, the officer was seconds away from losing his life if God had not interceded. God’s saving grace turned the tide in favor of the officer, and he slipped through death’s grip unharmed.

I accept that my job puts me in harm’s way – every day I face death’s grip at any moment – on duty and off. It is an occupational hazard, but it does not change the fact, like every officer, I experience the same anxieties that other public servants face but sometimes on a greater scale.

There is, however, a silver lining. The key to preparing for the unknown is seeking comfort in the knowledge that God is a very present help in times of trouble. Ultimately this is what scripture teaches us. His grace is sufficient. It was for my coworker, and it is for you and me. So, of whom shall we be afraid?

Your workplace may differ from mine. Nevertheless, you too face death’s grip at any moment. It may come from a health condition more so than a threat from a stranger. But it is real. So, don’t let this workday go by without giving Him thanks. Do so as you wake up, as you go to work, during work, and as you come home from work.

Yes, on this workday, give Him thanks. Ask Him for the grace to make it through the day, and the strength to deal with whatever troubles you may encounter. Ask Him to be with you because, like me, you too face death’s grip at any moment. Yet with Him, what do you have to fear?


Gracious Father, I know You are a God of grace and mercy, and that You provide protection for Your children. Your word gives me comfort in my work, knowing You will be with me through whatever troubles I face today – whatever trap the Enemy sets before me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Duane E. Odom
Robbery and Homicide Unit
Jackson Police Department,
Jackson, Mississippi USA
and MPA Candidate
Belhaven University
Jackson, Mississippi USA

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