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Written by Ray Fairman   

Brothers and Sisters, these are definitely Tough Times for sure,

“But Never Fear, God still has Your Six”

 I have seen difficult times on a number of occasions in my life. Times when I really needed God to “watch my six.” Times when it seemed to me like I was surrounded by nobody but my enemies, and I must admit that without His help, I would as likely as not have endured the challenges I faced.

 We are currently in the midst of those same kinds of events in our country right now. Especially because of the Knee-Jerk emotional reactions which are being exacerbated by many politicians and the general media outlets, especially the visual and social media outlets.

 Many fantastic law enforcement officers I work, and have worked with over the decades of service I have given to the communities in which I served, are feeling about like I did when I came home from The Vietnam War.  The popular term for we returning servicemen was “Baby-Killer,” now the popular term for my other profession is “murderer.”

 Most Americans realize that neither term is applicable or true. But, they will shout it from the highest mountains now and if you live long enough, (about 40-50 years in the case of my return from Vietnam) you just might have some of the children of today protesters say “Sorry about 2020, Thank you for your service.”

 Now for those of you still wearing “Blue – or any other color with a badge pinned on it”, and wondering where God is during all of this turmoil, and looking over your shoulder at your six; I am going to show you that He is where He always is … On His throne watching your six , just as He promised.

 Let me remind you about 3 powerful examples from the Scriptures and show how God was watching someone’s six each time.

 First, let’s look at Moses – (Tough Time #1) The Parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14) The Egyptian Army was chasing Moses and the children of Israel with 600+ Chariots and had them contained on the shoreline of The Red Sea.

 Just imagine how they felt because they let their lack of faith override their trust in God’s promises:

 14:10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD. 11 Then they said to Moses, “Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.”

 But, the faith of Moses was strong and he held to his trust in God firmly....and do you recall what God did through him. That is right, He provided a safe crossing of that body of water and utterly destroyed the pursuing enemy. God was there watching their Six all along.

 Now what say we look at Daniel – (Tough Time #2) “In the Lion’s Den” (Daniel 6)

 Daniel was responsible for managing 1/3 of King Darius’ kingdom. Yet Daniel’s enemies were jealous and using deception came up with a way to persecute Daniel’s spiritual beliefs. (It should be remembered that Paul in Ephesians reminded us that our most major battles would be against Powers and principalities, not against physical man.)

 Daniel 6:16 So the king gave the command, and they brought Daniel and cast him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Your God, whom you serve continually, He will deliver you.” 17 Then a stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the signets of his lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not be changed.18 Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians[a]were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him. 19 Then the king arose very early in the morning and went in haste to the den of lions. 20 And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” 21 Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”

 It was the strength of Daniel’s faith....and our ever vigilant God who was always watching his six, that made those hungry lions wait for their next meal. He will hold our raging lions of today back as well. And that should provide some comforting thoughts, since Satan moves to and fro like a raging lion seeking to make us his prey.

 Our next victim of tough times is David – (Tough Time #3) Taking on Goliath (1 Samuel 17)

 I am sure you remember the young shepherd boy bringing supplies to men of Israel’s Army that included his older brothers. That army, under King Saul was facing the Philistines and their champion “Bad Guy” Goliath who by all accounts stood 9+ Feet Tall and wore a 125 pound coat. The “Philistine Protester” had been taunting the Israelite Army for 40 Days, But David thought someone should end that outrageous conduct. Thus he approached the king and volunteered to serve, just as many of you volunteered to serve in this nations blue army or in one of the branches of our military.

 33 And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, 35 I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both lion and bear; and just imagine this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, seeing he has defied the armies of the living God.” 37 Moreover David said, “The LORD, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and the LORD be with you!”

 The faith of David never faltered, he knew God had always been his back-up and that he would be watching his six, no matter what circumstance he found himself facing.

And we all remember the shepherd that became a king and what God did through him.

 What about You? Can you think back and remember a time that the Lord helped you through a difficult situation, or provided you with some special guidance or strength during a time of need.

 It is alright to sometimes feel alone, and vulnerable, remember Gethsemane? But even then Jesus realized He had not been abandoned, just given a very difficult mission. And now you realize that you are not alone or abandoned either, just given a very difficult mission of your own. So just remember that God is still on His throne and is watching your six at this very moment.

 I know the times are dark and tough, and we feel like we have gone from the top to the bottom of the country’s respect index. But, if you think back just a bit, Jesus went from a triumphal entry to the cross in under a week… And in the end won the greatest victory ever recorded… The one over Sin, Death and Hell and knocked His adversary on his tush!  Never forget, this battle and every battle belongs to the Lord, so I say in parting, Onward Christian Soldier (or officer, trooper, deputy, ranger or marshal) keep marching into the valley of the shadow of death, but fear no evil for … “God has got your six!”

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